The northern part of Cyprus, known as the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, or North Cyprus in short, takes about 38% of the whole island. Each side, the northern and the southern part of the island, has its own President, Parliament and Cabinet. There are no ties between the two areas. In Northern Cyprus not much has changed since the war in 1974. The Turkish Cypriots may have gained independence, yet they thus became cut off from the western world because of Greek Cypriot isolationist policies of the community. But if you like the Turkish-Cypriot way of life (like we do), a visit there will be quite an interesting experience with more than only one fascinating site. The most famous cities and sights in Northern Cyprus are Kyrenia (Girne), the St. Nicholas Cathedral in Famagusta, Nicosia (Lefkosa) itself, Bellapais Abbey and the archaeological site of Salamis and Soli.