The Park of the Republic, in Nicosia, is a nice oasis for people who enjoy walking. We came across both joggers and people who were out walking their dogs in the warm evening sun. The park features an impressive Historical Monument of freedom which reaches towards the sky, with memory placards dedicated to the freedom fighters that lost their lives between; 1956-1974.
We go further into the park and discover a burial site. It turns out that Northern Cyprus’s first president Rauf Denktaş is resting there. Denktaş was president of Northern Cyprus between 1983 and 2005 and for North Cypriots he is seen as the Father of the Nation. A few meters away from the tomb sits a police officer in a small hut which stands guard over the area. He happily comes out of his hut to talk to us and smiles when we say we are Swedish. He tells us that the park is 134,000 square meters and it is the largest park in Northern Cyprus. Since 2007, several hundred new trees have been planted here, including eucalyptus trees.
So, the Park of the Republic in Nicosia, proves to be both a pleasant promenade, as well as being an important historical place to visit, given that Northern Cyprus’s first president is buried here.