Ledra Palace Hotel

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The Ledra Palace Hotel is located in central Nicosia, Cyprus, and until 1974 was one of the largest and most glamorous hotels of the capital.[1] The hotel was designed by the German Jewish architect Benjamin Günsberg and was built between 1947 and 1949 by Cyprus Hotels Limited at a cost of approx £240,000 Cyprus pounds on what was then called King Edward VII Street, since 1962 Markos Drakos Avenue. The hotel opened on 8 October 1949 in the presence of British Governor Sir Andrew Wright and Vice Mayor of Nicosia George Poulios.[2] It originally had 94 bedrooms and 150 beds, officially rated as de luxe.[3][4] All rooms had hot and cold water, central heating and a telephone. Facilities included a conference, reading, bridge and ballroom with orchestra. There were two restaurants, two bars and café. Located within the garden was a swimming pool (which was installed in 1964), paddling pool, children's playground and tennis courts. The hotel had two additional floors added in 1967–1968, thus raising its capacity to 200 rooms and 320 beds.[5][6]

Ledra Palace Hotel
Ledra Palace - façade.JPG
The Eastern façade of the hotel in 2012.
General information
LocationNicosia, Cyprus
AddressMarkos Drakos Avenue, Nicosia
Design and construction
Architect(s)Benjamin Günsberg
Other information
Number of rooms200
Number of restaurants2
Number of bars2

Following the announcement of truce it fell within the boundaries of the UN Buffer Zone and from 1974 to 2019 served as the headquarters for Sector 2 United Nations Roulement Regiment (URR) part of UNFICYP.[7][8] A 2017 Strategic Review Team from United Nations Headquarters found that due to outdated health and safety measures, the upper floors of the building would have to be vacated by UN forces. A new location opposite of the hotel, named Wolseley Barracks, was chosen as the new headquarters for Sector 2. It has capacity for 151 troops and 24 officers and opened in 2019.[9]

The Ledra Palace Hotel has played host to many high level meetings between Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders,[10] as well as hundreds of structured conflict resolution workshops between Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot peace builders[11][12][13] supported and facilitated both by international organizations (e.g., Fulbright, Institute of Multi-track Diplomacy, United States Agency for International Development) and local pioneers (e.g., Cyprus Conflict Resolution Trainers Group). It is also used as the venue for cultural events aiming at bringing the two communities closer together as well as for meetings of general interest.[14]

Since 2004 it has been the site of a designated crossing point of the Green Line separating the Republic of Cyprus controlled areas from the de facto Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.


  1. ^ "A Letter From The Publisher". Time Magazine. 29 July 1974. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 7 March 2008.
  2. ^ "Home for Cooperation". Archived from the original on 19 October 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  3. ^ Romantic Cyprus 3rd Edition 1947 Kevork K Keshishian
  4. ^ Aphrodites Realm 4th Edition 1969 Robin Parker
  5. ^ Romantic Cyprus 5th Edition 1951 Kevork K Keshishian
  6. ^ Your Guide to Cyprus 1969 Alan Ryalls
  7. ^ "British Rescue Convoy Evacuates Foreigners; 380 Rescued From Hotel". New York Times. 22 July 1974. Retrieved 7 March 2008.
  8. ^ "Sector 2". UNFICYP. 10 November 2015. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  9. ^ "New Accommodation for UNFICYP Peacekeepers from Sector Two" (PDF). Public Information Office of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  10. ^ "Cyprus' religious leaders hold historic meeting". International Herald Tribune. The Associated Press. 21 February 2007. Retrieved 7 March 2008.
  11. ^ Building Bridges across the Green Line Archived 2012-03-22 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ The Broken Olive Branch: Nationalism, Ethnic Conflict, and the Quest for Peace in Cyprus
  13. ^ Masks of Demons: A journey into the Discovering and Breaking of Stereotypes in a Society in Conflict
  14. ^ "Each Household may gain EUR 5500 from a Cyprus Solution". International Peace Research Institute, Oslo. 6 March 2008. Archived from the original on 10 March 2008. Retrieved 7 March 2008.

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Coordinates: 35°10′40″N 33°21′17″E / 35.1779°N 33.3547°E / 35.1779; 33.3547