Date: 23 September, 2011
Venue: Bedesten (old bazaar Place next to Selimiye Mosque (St. Sophia Catedral), Nicosia
The Bedesten is one of the most important historical buildings in Nicosia, reflecting the multicultural life and many historical periods of the city.Tucked between the Selimiye mosque and the Bandabuliya, the Bedesten was originally a 12th century Byzantine church. It was later enlarged, with some Gothic additions by the Lusignans. After further changes by the Venetians, the building was handed over to the Greek Orthodox church.Under the Ottomans, it served for a while as a grain store and cloth market., but was later allowed to deteriorate so that only the north vaulting remained intact. Looking around the church, you can still see the effects of the severe earthquakes of centuries agoçUntil the beginning of the British rule, the Bedesten was the busiest and most important marketplace in Nicosia, and slowly evolved into a marketplace where all kinds of goods were sold.The Bedesten is now preserved as an ancient monument. The masonry on its northern entrance resembles the masonry on the entrance of St Sophia Cathedral. The interior has many fallen marble and granite columns, probably Roman, and it is obvious even with a casual glance that the Bedesten was once a much larger church. It remains a mystery, however, why two such large churches were built so close together.( http://wikimapia.org/1869871/Bedesten-St-Nicholas-Church-of-the-English)
10:00 -12:30 Seminar
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
29 Selimiye Meydanı, Lefkoşa
Tel: 228 8322 0533 883 1306
Right next to Selimiye Mosque, this is decidedly North Nicosia's trendiest restaurant. Stylish wooden tables inside are surrounded by leather sofas in the lounge area; colourful lamps swing low; fashion photos adorn the walls. The large terrace is on the square, and on Wednesdays and Fridays there is live jazz piano music.
14:30 - 17:00 Walking Tour of the old city of Nicosia
We will have opportunity to have information for the Lusignan, Venetian and the Ottomanperiods of the Nicosia. We will also have information about the British Colonial Period.
Nicosia lies roughly at the center of the island, with a history that can be traced back to the Bronze Age. It became capital of the island in the 11th century AD. The Lousignians turned it into a magnificent city with a Royal Palace and over fifty churches. Today, it blends its historic past brilliantly with the bustle of a modern city. The heart of the city, enclosed by 16th century Venetian walls, is dotted with museums, ancient churches and medieval buildings preserving the nostalgic atmosphere of years past..Although the city has been destroyed more than once by conquerors, there are still enough vestiges to enjoy the past. History is most strikingly experienced at the Venetian city wall, which was built between 1567 and 1570 by Giulio Savorgnano. The 4.5 metres thick wall has three gates, but only the Kyrenia Gate is in North Nicosia. The Nicosia Walls served as the prototype for the Palmanova walls built afterwards by the Venetians. The historic heart of the city is clearly found inside the walls, but the modern city has grown beyond. The heart of the city is Atatürk Square. (http://www.ask.com/wiki/North_Nicosia#Landmarks)