By Heidi Trautmann
The renovated museum was
handed over to the public on April 20 by two women, by Süheyla Küçük and by Dr.
Sibel Siber, Speaker of Parliament, a touching moment. The house/museum has
become a gem and its long time curator of Vakif, Altay Sayil is very happy to
see that is has finally received the respect due to the first leader of the
Turkish Cypriot community nominated on 21 December 1963. You may read his pride
and joy on his face.
I had seen the place before
on the occasion of a visit to Osman Keten’s art studio in the Arabahmet area,
when they were both working for the Dr.Küçük project in Anittepe, i.e. the
museum affiliated to the mausoleum. Altay Sayil took me around and I saw the
memorabilia, photos and objects of Dr. Küçük’s work in the important years
after 1963, as a doctor, as hıs people;s leader and as the founder of the
newspaper Halkın Sesi. See my report on my visit under the link
He will not be forgotten.
You will realise, when you enter the museum / Dr. Küçük’s house, that he is
still present. A life size sculpture by Sevcan Çerkez will invite you for a cup
of coffee. You will see his doctor’s office and all the instruments available
at that time, you will see his office and library but also the kitchen of the
house. The many photos tell you about the beginning of his approach to foreign
politicians, I also found some photos when he visited Dr. Lübke, the then president
of the Federal Republic of Germany; how interesting. The whole museum is a
history book. There is also a video available which will be turned on on
demand, it is the story of his life, his biography.
The museum is open
During the week Monday to
Friday: 8:00 – 15:00 hrs
On Thursday: 8:00 – 13.00
and 14:00 – 18:00 hrs.
Directions: After you have
entered the Kyrenia Gate, about 200 meters on the left hand side.