Discovering North Cyprus 06/03/2017, Sultan Mahmut II library

By Engin Dervişağa…….

I am delighted together with my colleague Qossay Eleyan to bring you our interesting report on “Discovering North Cyprus” from the Sultan Mahmut II library.

This small building is at the eastern end of the Selimiye Mosque square was built in 1829 by Ali Rouhi, the governor of Cyprus on the instructions of Sultan Mahmud II.

It is a one roomed building with a sign over the door in Arabic saying “This is a Library” and the interior walls are decorated with words from the Koran in gilt Arabic letters against a blue background. within which, many books that had been stored here were over 500 years old.


Over 1800 books stored in this library were donated by Sultan Mahmut II as well as many other people of the time These books are mainly of religious subjects, and written in Arabic, Turkish and Persian and many of these extremely valuable manuscripts have been taken to the National Archives “Milli Arsiv” in Girne for preservation and research purposes.

This show will be transmitted on BRT2 on Monday 6th March at 19.00pm and repeated on Sunday 12th March at 12.20pm. 

To go direct to BRT2 TV to watch these shows by live streaming on your PC at Cyprus local time click here  and select the BRT2 channel in the viewing screen.

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 and select FM105 Bayrak International.

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.