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Aging Grand Hotel Highlights the Ethnic Division in Cyprus

Aging Grand Hotel Highlights the Ethnic Division in Cyprus

Sunday, 16 June 2019 04:38 AM

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — With Italian chandeliers still hanging in the lobby, the Ledra Palace Hotel in Cyprus still manages to hold onto a flicker of its old majesty despite the shell craters and bullet holes that scar its sandstone facade.

It's been 45 years since the pitter-patter of glitterati high-heels on the hotel's floors was replaced by the thud of soldiers' combat boots.

During the war in the summer of 1974 that cleaved Cyprus along ethnic lines, United Nations peacekeepers took over the hotel, instantly turning it into an emblem of the east Mediterranean island nation's division.

Now the United Nations says the aging hotel's rooms are no longer suitable to house military personnel, but says it will still play a key role in peacekeeping efforts in the buffer zone.

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With Italian chandeliers still hanging in the lobby, the Ledra Palace Hotel in Cyprus still manages to hold onto a flicker of its old majesty despite the shell craters and bullet holes that scar its sandstone facade.It's been 45 years since the pitter-patter of glitterati...
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