National Geographic : 1952 May
629 © Emil Brunner, I'x Nicosia, Circled by Medieval Walls, Is the Capital of Modern Cyprus Located in the island's broad central plain, Nicosia is an archeologists' paradise. Excavations in the area have uncovered ruins of civilizations dating back to the early Bronze Age, about 3000 B.C . The present city has been the capital since about A.D . 1200. Today's Nicosia is a hodgepodge of old and modern, East and West. New glass fronted shops compete with time-honored covered bazaars. Visitors can watch European-style night-club shows or whirling dervishes. Here in the old quarter bicycles equipped with baskets crowd a busy street; a solitary auto mobile stands near a mosque. On a crumbling wall an advertisement extols a canned milk "for children's health."