Discovering North Cyprus 17/07/2017, 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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Vox Pop on BRT Television 16/07/17 with Richard Chamberlain

By Engin Dervişağa…….

For  this week’s Vox Pop programme, I went with my BRT2 TV recording crew to the I Belli Restaurant in Karakum, Girne to meet with Richard Chamberlain who was holding an exhibition there of photographs which he had taken during his national service army days in Cyprus in 1954/55.

There are many photographs of Famagusta, where Richard was stationed, and the surrounding areas and also Kyrenia and other areas of Cyprus taken when Richard and his brother had some time to tour around the island.   It was a wonderful collection showing everyday life in Cyprus way back in 1954/55. Continue reading

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Discovering North Cyprus 10/072017, 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.

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Vox Pop on BRT Television 9/07/2017 with the Cyprus Turkish French Cultural Association

By Engin Dervişağa…..

For this week’s Vox Pop show, I went with my camera team to meet the Cyprus Turkish French Cultural Association in Lefkosa who were holding their 2017 music festival to co-ordinate with the Fête De La Musique Festival which is held every year.

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Discovering North Cyprus 03/07/17, British Law Courts, Lefkosa

By Engin Dervişağa…….

By popular demand, I am delighted together with my colleague Qossay Eleyan to bring you a repeat of the interesting report on “Discovering North Cyprus” about the British Law Courts in Lefkosa.

The site of the building was historically occupied by the Lusignan Palace, the former residence of the Frankish kings of Cyprus in the Middle Ages and many years later the British colonial administration considered this building too weak and dilapidated and decided to demolish it.

The construction of a new building began on 14 June 1900 and was completed in 1904, when the law courts, postal service, land registry office and police moved in. By the 1920s however,  the building was too small for the needs of the administration and new blocks were added to the east and west of the central building.

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Vox Pop on BRT Television 02/07/17 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 26/06/2017, 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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