July 5, 2022

By Chris Krzentz……..

In this video I visited the ancient city of Famagusta so do join me on my walk as we hear the music which brings forth the past as we start our walk and pass both new and ancient buildings in Kişla Yolu Sokak.

This journey through this ancient part of the city was made on the 29th October 2015 and we starting walking past Ottoman buildings on the right with modern days shops and apartments above them on the left.

As we approach the town square we see on the right the remains of the portico of the Venetian Royal Palace and as we look to the right across the square can see the Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque (St Nicholas Cathedral).

Turning to our right now, we walk through the remains of the Venetian Royal Palace which was constructed in 1550 on the ruins of a former 13th century Lusignan palace which had been used by the Kings of Cyprus until it was destroyed in an earthquake in the reign of Peter II in 1369.

The remains of the Venetian palace are all that remains following its destruction by the Ottomans after they forced the Venetians to surrender the city on 1st August 1571.

In the grounds of the palace is a two-story building built by the Ottomans in which the poet Namik Kemal was imprisoned for 8 months by the Ottomans in 1873 for staging a play which promoted nationalism and liberalism which led to his exile to Cyprus and the current building contains a museum about Namik Kemal.

As we walk across the town square and see the many bars and restaurants and people going about their every day life, we see the grand Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque (St Nicholas Cathedral). The building of the cathedral was started around 1298 and lasted to 1312 on what was believed to be the ground of a previous church.

After the fall of Famagusta to the Ottomans, they added a minaret to the northern tower and it was converted into a mosque.

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