January 23, 2020

The Palace Site Near Center of Nicosia



The Palace site is basically the location where the president of Cyprus is a resident. Not only his residence is there but this place is officially the workplace of the president. Located close to the center of Nicosia which is the beautiful capital of Cyprus. This site is open for all the visitors and none of them is stopped from entering the location yet the building is still guarded by no ticket booth or any sort of warden or a guard to keep the building safe.

This site is only enclosed partially and the only security which can be found there is a simple lockable gate partway this is installed there is an order to stop any sort of vehicle from entering the site. Vehicles are usually not allowed in any sort of historical location due to the danger of destroying the vicinity or make the area polluted. Hence mostly the vehicles are either diverted to a nearby location or separate parking is made for them. Along with the access, the drive means all the individuals have to leave behind their vehicles and walk the rest of the path.


This palace starts with a beautiful staircase that leads the tourists into a mesmerizing courtyard. Hence this can be said that the Focus of the location is an old seven-stepped stairway.  Moving through the stairs one enters the most mesmerizing courtyard. This courtyard has been decorated with a number of artifacts which can easily make the tourist gaze upon them for a while. Here you will find a guitar-shaped stele. This guitar-shaped stele is placed at a location where everyone can easily see the artifact. Another reason for the location of this guitar-shaped stele is for a windlass, this is also propped on end before a deep cistern.

At earlier times there was a huge problem of water and its storage around the area. Hence mostly the people built tanks or buffs in order to save water and use it for later use. This artifact is also built due to one of the reasons and is one of several collection basins for the daily usage of water on the bluff top. As the water supply was a problem during those days and obviously a priority. On the other hand, due to the loyal linkage of the location, these water storage areas had to be mesmerizing. Hence as suggested by the royal bathing and drainage facilities of the luxury-liking leading caste in the northwest corner of the building.

A Statue of the Goddess

One can also find at the center of the stele an unfinished carved face. This unfinished craved face is thought to be of one of the goddesses which the individuals of that time used to worship, hence a statue of the goddess was placed there for the purpose of worship due to the royal linkage the inhabitants of the building prefer to worship their gods in their houses.

The Entrance:

Entry to the building is also historical in the sense that it is one of the original Persian entries. It is decorated with the artifacts of Persian culture leading the pathway to the royal apartments. This pathway moves along pathways that are made up of a natural stone ramp. While moving on the path one can see a number of signs one of them of special importance is located at the southwest corner of the precinct. This sign is a bit of a rusty sign. This entry was later blocked after the change of the rulers. And the inhabiting family of the building due to their personal reasons. Hence due to the change of rulers, it was closed off and the entry was changed to a newer location. Which is to the north side of the central courtyard.

Here one can notice all the residential buildings arranged symmetrically around this pathway in an ancient style. It is known as the Mycenaean style. Later due to the remodeling process, when the building is continuously being built and destroyed in order to accommodate more individuals the palace is renovated to have increased the number of rooms to 137 rooms on a sum total of two floors. The upper story fashioned of mud bricks and thus long vanished.

The Temples:

Moving from the palace outwards one can see between the palace and the access road. Which is leading from the palace to its north flank, one can find what seems to be a temple. This temple although is not in very much good condition. It does contain the remains of an obvious altar at the center of the building of the temple.

Moving to the opposite side of the palace, crossing the car park which can be reached from the deviation at the starting of the building and just below the modern trigonometric point, one can find the remains of a late fifth-century BC Athena temple. It is such a large number of temples in a single location. It proves that these individuals used to pray to a number of gods. Hence having separate temples for each one of them, all but merging into the exposed rock strata here. Yet it must have been popular and revered in its day.

Internal link: https://turkish.co.uk/the-palace-site-…f-nicosia-cyprus/

Outbound link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidential_Palace,_Nicosia

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