A Capital City Divided
Nicosia/Lefkoşa is the only capital city in the world today that is officially divided. The southern portion of the city belongs to the Republic of Cyprus, while the northern section is part of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, a disputed area recognized only by Turkey since 1974. The city is divided by a green line, which many who live here choose not to cross. Politics aside, both sides of the city are full of history and worth a visit. You can get your bearings from this observatory in the Nicosia part of the city. Located at the top of a department store, the Ledra Observatory is more a living geographical museum, with interactive computer screens available to give descriptions of various sites in a handful of languages. This photo includes both sides of the city, taken from the southern side, looking over onto the Turkish side.
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