The city of Famagusta, also known as Magusa is one of the finest examples of medieval architecture in the eastern Mediterranean. The town is located on the east coast of Northern Cyprus. Its present state of preservation, is equal to the old cities of Carcassone and Ragusa. Much of the history of the town is obscure as there are no written records and our only source of material is from travellers' accounts of merchants passing through. Famagusta prospered through the destruction of the neighbouring Salamis, the former capital of the Island. See map of Famagusta.
The amazing city of Famagusta is a great example of characteristic medieval architecture in the world. Famagusta depicts all of historyas every corner of the city is packed with historical places; Salamis ruins, cathedrals, ancient churches and more. Famagusta has one of the most important ports in the Mediterranean. Famagusta town was the main market of the Eastern Mediterranean andused as the wealthy merchants’ route and home to many civilizations, notably to the Romans.
The Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque originally known as the Saint Nicolas Cathedral and later as the Ayasofya (Saint Sophia) Mosque of Magusa is the largest medieval building in Famagusta, Northern Cyprus. Built between 1298 and c.1400 it was consecrated as a Christian cathedral in 1328. The cathedral was converted into a mosque after the Ottoman Empire captured Famagusta in 1571 and remains a mosque to this day.
There is so much to do and see in Famagusta city. There are great cafes, restaurants and shopping areas in the center of the old city. Famagusta coastlines are filled with beautiful beaches and holiday facilities for everyone. When you visit Famagusta do not miss a visit toKarpas which has amazing beaches for your holiday.
Famagusta has nice restaurants, bars and clubs that you can enjoy on your holiday. Lions Garden is the biggest entertainment place in Northern Cyprus. Lions Garden Disco organises concerts, parties and international shows. The Salamis Bay Conti Hotel is a large hotel complex about 10 km north of Famagusta, and offers three restaurants, several bars, and a big casino. In addition, there is the Kaya Artemis Hotel located near to Famagusta which offers you an amazing beach and a 5 star resort. Some restaurants and bars in Famagusta include; The D&B Cafe, Jax Cafe Bar and Road House.