Heidi Trautmann

Mar 17 - Apr 06 International Exhibition of old Cyprus Maps

in the Foyer of the Near East Hospital

organised in cooperation with researchers, historians, collectors and archivists


By Heidi Trautmann


The very first old Cyprus map I saw, that is about two years ago, when, on the occasion of my visit to the National Archive and Research Centre in Kyrenia, its director Mr Gökhan Şengör took me on a tour through the sacred halls in the old building where the most precious documents are kept. Gökhan Şengör opened a drawer of a safe cabinet and - whispering with a low voice full of respect - he said: “This map is by Lord Kitchener!” I had read about this highly honoured officer who in 1878 was sent to Cyprus to establish a survey of that newly acquired British protectorate. I was duly impressed.

Now, on March 17, the exhibition will be opened in the big entrance hall of the Near East Hospital and I am equally impressed that more than a hundred Cyprus maps and documents have been brought together and are available for the public eyes until 06 April 2014. The project was initiated by Dr. Umut Koldas, Director of the Near East Institute and Prof. Dr. Ercan Citlioğlu, guest lecturer at the mentioned institute. The research work began nine months ago. Nazif Bozatlı, a respected private archivist, who also contributed admiralty maps of Cyprus and documentation on Lord Kitchener, was appointed curator and treasurer of the project.  

Other contributors are: Prof. Heath Lowry, an American historian; National Archive and Research Centre Kyrenia; theCyprus Evkaf Foundation;  and finally the Near East University Library contributing to the history of CMC Cyprus Mining Company and Kitchener’s trigonometrical map of Cyprus dated 1885.

During the three weeks of exhibition two conferences will be held, one in Turkish and one in English; the dates are still to be announced. A catalogue is available on all items on display.

The vernissage of the exhibition: 17 March 2014, 18:00 - Foyer of the NEU Hospital.

The exhibition is open 17 March - 06 April 2014, visiting hours 10:00-16:00,  incl. Saturdays and Sundays.

Lord Kitchener
Lord Kitchener

Lord Kitchener 1882
Lord Kitchener 1882

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