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The architecture heritage of the walled city of Nicosia
The major part of the walled city of Nicosia was declared as Ancient Monument (city walls and other public and private buildings) by the Department of Antiquities, due to its many historical layers, whereas a large number of urban vernacular buildings were listed and protected by the Town Planning and Housing Department. Two historic characteristic neighbourhoods in the walled city of Nicosia were selected as a case study for the Cyprus Workshop on ADAPTIVE REUSE. The area under study comprises mainly of vernacular urban dwellings as well as historic buildings such as churches, schools and mosques.
Case study neighbourhoods
Situated on the north-west quarter of the walled city, Chrysaliniotisa and Ayios Kassianos neighbourhoods, offer representative examples of the evolution of the urban tissue where the presence of the “cul de sac” roads is recognizable and the dwellings preserve much of their original traditional features. In the neighbourhood of Chrysaliniotisa as well as Ayios Kassianos there is a large number of vernacular dwellings that incorporate a central yard and at least one semi-open space (more often a “portico” serving as an entrance to the houses). A number of dwellings incorporate a second semi-open space, an “iliakos” as an intermediate area between the rooms and the yard.
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