By Engin Dervişağa…….
I am delighted together with my colleague Qossay Eleyan to bring you a interesting report on “Discovering North Cyprus” from the The Gamblers Inn or Kumarcılar Han in Lefkosa.
It was the custom in the Middle Ages for merchants to group themselves together in their respective trades, e.g. leather, cloth, jewellery, spices and household utensils. Also, merchants from some distant town would always favour a certain khan which eventually assumed the name of that town.
The Kumarcılar Khan, however, means the inn of gamblers and was purchased 35 years ago by John Aziz Kent a retired businessman and Hotelier and such was his love of his homeland and its heritage that he has sought over many years support from successive TRNC governments to have this restored.
This he finally achieved with a restoration grant of over £1,000,000 from the Turkish Embassy plus his own investment and that of the TRNC government who will manage the building for the next 10 years before control of the building reverts back to John Aziz Kent.
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