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On the one side you have the greek-cypriots and on the other you have the turkish-cypriots – welcome to Nicosia, the world’s last divided capital city.

For decades, the most famous barrier in the world was the Berlin Wall which separated the city for 28 years unil 1989 when Germany was reunited again. Another famous divided capital was Jerusalem, which was divided for 19 years, from 1948 to 1967. The Jordanians occupied what became “East Jerusalem”, expelling all of its Jewish residents and demolishing synagogues and cemeteries and the Jews were even banned from their holiest place—the Wailing Wall. After the Six Day War in 1967, Jerusalem was once again united and declared Israel’s undivided eternal capital.

Unfortunately, the Cypriots haven’t been as lucky and to this day the city is divided and separated by a barrelled and barb-wired fence. Ever since the Turkish Invasion in 1974 the city of Nicosia was cut in half to a Greek Cypriot zone in the south, and a Turkish Cypriot zone in the north. Before removing the physical wall that divided the city , in 2008, the Greek and the Turks of Cyprus came to a historic agreement to open crossings between the two sides of Nicosia so crossing is simple. Unfortunately, the city remains in two halves, separated by a narrow UN buffer zone and the north side of Nicosia is part of an unrecognised, self declared nation state and the two sides have been in a tense stalemate for decades.

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