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Eleftheria square (Greek:πλατεία Ελευθερίας) is a major square in central Nicosiamarker, Cyprusmarker. It forms the intersection of Ledra and Onasagorou streets with Stasinou, Omirou, Kostaki Pantelidi, Konstandinou Palaiologou and Evagorou avenues.

The name translates as Freedom square. Previously the square was called Metaxas square in reference to the Greek statesman Ioannis Metaxas. It was renamed in 1974, following a competition held at the suggestion of the then Mayor of Nicosia.

It is located in the centre of the town below the Venetian walls of the medieval city. Nicosia town hall, located on D’Avila bastion, overlooks the square whilst Ledra Streetmarker leads onto its northern side. The square is usually the focus of high profile activities in the capital. Examples include advertising promotions, political rallies and sporting events. Celebrations such as Cyprus's accession to the EU were also centered around the square. The square is not pedestrianised but when major events take place vehicles are redirected.

Eleftheria square was not part of the original construction of the Venetian walls. It first took the form of a bridge constructed during the British occupation of Cyprus at the end of the 19th Century. As the city expanded out of the medieval walls wooden bridges were constructed to facilitate transport. The original wooden bridge (erected in 1882) was then replaced with a solid concrete one, which survives to date.

In 2005 an architectural competition was announced to redesign the square. This was won by a group led by Zaha Hadid. The proposed plans however, have been heavily criticised by some local designers. In 2009 the initial excavation works revealed archaeological findings that have forced alterations to the original design.


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