Discovering North Cyprus 28/11/2016, 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

It is traditionally believed  that the building was built in the early 17th century, on a piece of land donated by a lady called Emine Hatun. It is rumoured by the locals that she is buried in a grave without any inscriptions, located to the northeast of the tomb in the tekke. According to another view, the tekke is located on land donated by Arab Ahmed Pasha and Haydar Paşazade Fatma Hanım.  According to the Evkaf Administration, themevlevi-tekke-museum0002 tekke was initially built in 1593 by Arab Ahmed Pasha on a plot of land owned by him and then enlarged into a complex using land donated by Emine Hatun.

According to documents from Ottoman archives from 1593, a mevlevi tekke named after Arab Ahmed Pasha was built on a plot of land donated by him and built near the Kyrenia Gate. This tekke was ruined by 1607 and Ferhad Pasha built a mevlevi tekke on its foundations and named it after him in 1607.

This show will be transmitted on BRT2 on Monday 28th November at 19.00pm and repeated on Sunday 4th December at 12.20pm 

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I also produce the Vox Pop TV show which features interviews with many people living in North Cyprus and this is screened on BRT2 on Sundays at 15.oopm and again on Tuesdays at 18.30pm If you wish you can also watch a number of my past Vox Pop shows which can be selected for viewing by clicking here

For Radio Lovers do also tune in and join me on BRT Radio on Saturday  at 19.00pm for my programme Top Twenty which is compiled by DJ Bora and this show is repeated on Sunday at 15.00pm. We are transmitting this on 6.150 MH/z. Short-wave, 87.8 and 105 FM Stereo.

You can also tune in to live streaming of this radio show on your PC by clicking here.If you wish you can also watch a number of my past Vox Pop shows which can be selected for viewing by clicking here

For those local readers who have interesting hobbies or interests who think it could make an interesting subject for my Vox Pop TV show, do please send me a message.