Discovering North Cyprus 21/08/2017, the Selimiye Mosque

By Engin Dervişağa…….

By popular demand, I am delighted together with my colleague Qossay Eleyan to bring you a repeat of an interesting report on “Discovering North Cyprus” about the Selimiye Mosque, historically known as Cathedral of Saint Sophia, which is a former Roman Catholic cathedral converted into a mosque and located within the ancient city wall of Lefkosa.

It is said that the construction of the cathedral began in 1209, when Thierry, the Archbishop of Cyprus, laid the foundations of the cathedral, however, there are claims of evidence indicating an earlier beginning date but by the end of the 13th century many additions had been made to the original structure.

Selimiye Mosque picture courtesy of “Frozen Cypriots” Facebook group

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Vox Pop on BRT Television 20/08/2017 with the Frozen Cypriots

By Engin Dervişağa…….

Two wonderful people who were the founders of the Facebook page Frozen Cypriots have been back in their homeland discovering more of our Cyprus Heritage and in my Vox Pop show I went with my camera team to the Buyuk Han in Lefkosa to meet them and a fascinating group of people who also refer to themselves as being the “Frozen Cypriots”.

The first person  I talked to was Eren Erdogan who had travelled all the way back to the TRNC from Melbourne in Australia to meet with some of the members of the Frozen Cypriots Facebook group who just love to exchange photos and other information about Cyprus Heritage from the past, so that it may be preserved for future generations. Please click here to visit this page that Eren founded that has an amazing 7710 members.

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Eren Erdogan a Frozen Cypriot

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Discovering North Cyprus 14/08/2017, The Buyuk Han, Lefkosa

By Engin Dervişağa…….

By popular demand, I am delighted together with my colleague Qossay Eleyan to bring you a repeat showing of our interesting report on “Discovering North Cyprus” about the Buyuk Han (the Great Inn) which is the largest caravansarai (Kervansaray) in North Cyprus and was a roadside inn where travellers could rest and recover from the day’s journey.

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Vox Pop on BRT Television 13/08/17 with Asal Salimi and fitness and spinning

By Engin Dervişağa……..

For this Vox Pop show, I went along to M Power Fitness Club in Girne,  to meet Asal Salimi who came to Northern Cyprus to study architecture at the Eastern Mediterranean University where she gained her Masters Degree.

Asal who was born in Iran and at the age of 15 years old she  started Kung Fu and has been awarded her black belt and is an instructor as well as being a personal trainer and spinning instructor in fitness centers here in Northern Cyprus. Continue reading

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Vox Pop on BRT Television 06/08/17 with Svetlana Ziuzina

By Engin Dervişağa……..

For this Vox Pop show, I went to the fascinating Old Round Tower in Girne High Street to talk to Svetlana Ziuzina who manages this fascinating gallery of art, photographs and local handicrafts.

Svetlana Ziuzina was born in Berdiansk in the Ukraine and graduated from the Art and Design State Academy in Kharkov. She has lived and worked in Kyrenia, North Cyprus since 1996 and is an acomplished artist and has had several solo and joint exhibitions internationally and locally. Continue reading

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Discovering North Cyprus 7/08/2017, Mevlevi Tekke Museum, Lefkosa

By Engin Dervişağa…….

By popular demand I am delighted together with my colleague Qossay Eleyan to broadcast again an interesting report on “Discovering North Cyprus” about the Mevlevi Tekke Museum which is a tekke in Lefkosa near the Kyrenia Gate in Northern Cyprus. It has historically been used by the Mevlevi Order (Whirling Dervishes)  and now serves as a museum and is one of the most important historical and religious buildings on the island.

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Mevlevi Tekke Museum – Pictures courtesy of  TRNC Ministry of Tourism

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Discovering North Cyprus 31/07/2017, The Bedestan, Lefkosa

By Engin Dervişağa…….

By popular demand I am delighted together with my colleague Qossay Eleyan to broadcast again a short English and Arabic language programme on “Discovering North Cyprus” about the Bedestan (St. Nicholas Church), which is one of the main cultural heritage sites located within the northern part of the walled city of Lefkosa (Nicosia).

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