Traces of the Ottoman Empire in Cyprus Meet with Visitors at the City Museum of Surlariçi

Traces of the Ottoman Empire in Cyprus Meet with Visitors at the Walled City Museum
Traces of the Ottoman Empire in Cyprus Meet with Visitors at the City Museum of Surlariçi

📩 05/11/2022 12:51

Surlariçi City Museum, which brings together the history and culture of Cyprus under one roof; gold leaf manuscripts, edicts, 390 years IV. Murat tuğralı Mülkname carries the traces left by the Ottoman Empire in Cyprus to the present day with its unique collection consisting of population registers, court records and maps.

Welcoming its visitors right next to the Girne Gate, one of the three entrance gates of Nicosia surrounded by walls in the Middle Ages, the Surlariçi City Museum gathers the history and culture of Cyprus under a single roof with its 5-storey building in its location in the historical region that formed the city center in every period of history.

Surlariçi City Museum, founded by the Near East Creation, takes its visitors on a journey full of history and culture with its collections, while reflecting every period of Cyprus from Venice to Byzantium, from the Ottoman Empire to the present with its unique ceiling paintings.

The unique Ottoman Collection consisting of original works is at the City Museum of Surlariçi!

One of the most magnificent collections of the museum is gold leaf manuscripts, edicts, 390-year-old IV. Ottoman Collection consisting of Murad tuğralı Mülkname, population registers, court records and maps. Cyprus, in 1571 II. It remained under the rule of the Ottoman Empire during the reign of Selim I and remained as an Ottoman island for more than 300 years.

It is possible to witness one of the most important periods of Cyprus with the original Ottoman period artifacts exhibited in the museum with the cooperation protocol signed between the Near East Formation Museums Department and the TRNC National Archive and Research Department affiliated to the TRNC Presidency.

In the collection, which consists of original works that have come to light for the first time, manuscripts of tafsir and philosophy written in Arabic with gold leaf, illuminated Arabic, certificates from the 17th and 18th centuries, documents from the early 20th century (court records), 1877-78 The population register of Turkish Cypriots living in the Kukla District, the photo of the teachers and students of the school for the deaf from the beginning of the 20th century, and the photograph of the students and teachers of the Nicosia Junior High School, the notebooks showing the Evkaf correspondence in Nicosia, the hand-drawn plan of the Famagusta train station and the Hydrographer Admiral Included is a 1917 oceanographic map by Sir Wharton showing the depths at sea for submarines in the eastern Mediterranean.

Among the certificates on display, the certificate of appointment of the Archbishop of Cyprus, Yovakim (Joakim), dated 16 August 1821, is also important in terms of content. The relevant warrant also includes the justification for the execution of Archbishop Konomo Kibriyanos (Kyprianos) and three metropolitans, who were executed on charges of being the planner of the planned rebellion attempt on the island to support the Greek rebellion that took place in the Peloponnese in 1821. The length of the designation certificate in question exceeds 1,5 meters.

Another charter on display is written in the calligraphy of Celi Divani, IV. It is a work of Murat period. The most striking aspect of this 390-year-old document is the splendor of its monogram. In addition, the aforementioned Mülkname is among the oldest Ottoman period certificates that have survived in Cyprus.

In addition to the unique Ottoman Collection, artifacts from a different style and period are exhibited on each floor of the Surlariçi City Museum. The toy car collection consisting of over 3 pieces, swords and knives, more than 70 sculptures, paintings, objects related to maritime history and Karagöz replicas in the museum's inventory open the doors of a rich world to its visitors.

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