Shacolas Tower Museum and Observatory
Yesterday I visited Shacolas Tower Museum and Observatory , a high- rise building, located in the center of old Nicosia in Ledra pedestrian area and is currently the highest building within the old town of Nicosia. The building was developed in 1950’s and it is still considered to be a hallmark of the city’s old town, with it’s 14 floors.
On the 11th floor is the Ledra Museum- Observatory with 360⁰ panoramic view, overlooking the whole capital with an unhindered and beautiful view of the entire city.
The entrance fee is 2.5 euro (free entrance for children under 12 years old) and worth it. Yesterday I think it was a quiet day and I had the chance to talk a little bit with Mrs. Eva, the yesterday host of the museum, she was very nice and kind and told me some words about the museum and what we can find here.
I found out that the visitors of the museum are both foreigners and Cypriots and in crowded days their number can lead to 300 and in the quiet ones between 50 and 80. Young Cypriots come to visit the museum in their free time, especially during the weekend.
Because, Nicosia is the last divided capital, the main point of interest of the visitors is the view of the Turkish side of the city. Besides the city skyline you can also see the Five Finger Mountain, with the Turkish flag painted on it. The flag is big like a stadium and next to it is written a motto of the Republic of Turkey that can be translate as “ I’m proud to be a Turkish man “ and is enlightened during the night.
From the observatory you can also have a view of the Greek part of the city and you can locate some of the most important tourist spots such as Church of the Archangel Michael Trypiotis, Church of Ayios Savvas, Leventis Gallery, Tower 25, Municipal Town Hall of Nicosia.
Last but not least, in the middle of the observatory it is a circle-shaped room, like a mini cinema, in which plays, a 10 minute video about Nicosia’s history. On the exterior walls of the room are chronologically presented the most important events in the history of Cyprus. Eva it was really nice and let me to record the video which I will post it in another article. l hope I made you curious and you’re going to visit this museum.
Ledra Museum- Observatory is open between 10:00-17:00 during the winter and 10:00-19:00 during the summer.
Location : https://goo.gl/maps/xHnHPXLjeUt