Venetian Column

In the centre of Ataturk Square is the 20 feet high Venetian Column, moved from its original spot in Salamis to Nicosia as a tribute to Venetian rule in Cyprus. The Column was returned to Salamis by the Ottomans but returned to its present location under British rule. On top of the granite pillar the Lion of St. Mark was once found but now a copper globe has taken its place, at the bottom the coats of arm of noble Venetian families may be seen.