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Nicosia, Cyprus

Museums in Nicosia

Lapidary Museum
This is a museum of ancient stone fragments taken from the demolition of ancient buildings. It is situated a few hundred yards from the Selimiye mosque (St. Sophia) and the building is believed to be a Venetian house or could be a renovated mediaeval building. He re one can see pieces of stone work taken from ancient palaces and Gothic churches

The Museum of Barbarism
This is the house of Dr. Nihat Ilhan, a major who was serving in the Cyprus Turkish Contingent in 1963. During the inter- communal troubles of December that year, the house was attacked by the Greek-Cypriot terrorists. Dr. Ilhan's wife and three children were ruthlessly murdered in the bathroom where they had tried to hide. The house, in the Kumsal district of Nicosia has been preserved as a museum.

Mevlevi Tekke (Museum of Whirling Dervishes)
The small museum is within the walls of the city and close to the Kyrenia gate. It is on the main street leading to Ataturk square and can be distinguished by six domes surmounting a rectangular building.

Dervish Pasha Mansion (Ethnographical Museum)
The konak (mansion) of Ahmed Dervish Pasha, a traditional Nicosia mansion, is on Belig Pasha street which is off Salahi Shevket street. It houses the island's richest collection of Ottoman artefacts. It is one of the hidden treasures of the city.





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