Discovering North Cyprus 5/06/17, the Haydar Paşa Mosque

By Engin Dervişağa…….

I am delighted together with my colleague Qossay Eleyan to bring you an interesting report on “Discovering North Cyprus” about the Haydar Paşa Mosque which is historically known as St. Catherine’s Cathedral and is in the neighbourhood Quarter or Mahalle of Lefkosa and was said to be named after one of the generals in command of the Ottoman army at the time of the Ottoman conquest of Nicosia.

The building was constructed in the 14th century, during the Frankish rule of the island, and named St. Catherine’s Church but with the conquest of Cyprus and Nicosia by the Ottomans in 1570, it was converted into a mosque.

This show will be transmitted on BRT2 on Monday 5th June at 19.00pm and repeated on Sunday 11th June at 12.20pm. Continue reading

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Discovering North Cyprus 29/05/2017, 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.

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Vox Pop on BRT Television 21/05/17 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 archietecture 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 instructer in fitness centers here in Northern Cyprus.

My interview with Asal will be screened on  Sunday 28th May at 15.00pm  and it will be repeated on Tuesday 30th May at 18.30pm so do tune in to join me on  my show, Vox Pop on BRT2 Television. Continue reading

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Vox Pop on BRT Television 21/05/17 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.

Her beautiful paintings are created using favourite media oils and watercolour, and she expresses her philosophy and ideas using vibrant colour and a modern style.

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Discovering North Cyprus 22/05/17, 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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Discovering North Cyprus 15/05/17, the Haydar Paşa Mosque

By Engin Dervişağa…….

I am delighted together with my colleague Qossay Eleyan to bring you an interesting report on “Discovering North Cyprus” about the Haydar Paşa Mosque which is historically known as St. Catherine’s Cathedral and is in the neighbourhood Quarter or Mahalle of Lefkosa and was said to be named after one of the generals in command of the Ottoman army at the time of the Ottoman conquest of Nicosia.

The building was constructed in the 14th century, during the Frankish rule of the island, and named St. Catherine’s Church but with the conquest of Cyprus and Nicosia by the Ottomans in 1570, it was converted into a mosque.

This show will be transmitted on BRT2 on Monday 15th May at 19.00pm and repeated on Sunday 21st May at 12.20pm  Continue reading

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Vox Pop on BRT Television 14/05/17, Margaret Heftmichel

By Engin Dervişağa……..

On this week’s Vox Pop programme on  BRT2 Live I am showing my interview with Margaret Heftmichel who was born in Berlin and makes wonderful sculptures in her home in Edremit.

Margaret learned the art of sculpture here in North Cyprus and she has a wonderful collection of sculptures of  monsters, birds, frogs and a water well she created in her garden.

My interview with Margaret  will be screened on  Sunday 14th May at 15.00pm  and it will be repeated on Tuesday 16th May at 18.30pm so do tune in to join me on  my show, Vox Pop on BRT2 Television. Continue reading

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