The Lusignan House – Nicosia from the middle ages to present day museum” opened its doors last night with a ceremony.
Among the attendees to the ceremony were Mustafa Akıncı, Fikri Ataoğlu, Mehmet Harmancı, Odon De Pins and Richard De Pins’ grandson Sir François De Pins.
In addition, Near East University students also helped to serve food which was done as a commentary of Cypriot food from the middle ages to present day by Zekai Altan.
The building itself has many different origins in its architecture from countries/empires such as Luzinian, Ottoman and Venice.
Mustafa Akıncı in his speech he gave during the opening ceremony, expressed his excitement regarding the historical pieces which are found after the restoration of such buildings. Furthermore, he expressed his excitement in the fact that such buildings are saved from destruction and are given to the people and are passed on to the next generation. He also thanked everyone who had worked to give Nicosia this wonderful historical piece.
The opening ceremony also featured talks from Fikri Ataoğlu and the Director of the Department of Antiquities and Museums Fuat Azimli with Fikri Ataoğlu discussing that “finally museums are being opened after 40 years’ time” and Fuat Azimli further discussing the historical origins of the building itself.
After the speeches the people who contributed to the museum were given plaques and a ribbon was cut for the official opening of the museum.