Ottoman archive to open in Arabahmet

Illuminated Ottoman books

A former residence of the Müftü (religious head) of Cyprus is to open as an archive to the public.

The konak-style house in Kamil Paşa Sokak in the Arabahmet area of the capital was taken over by the American University of Cyprus (AUC), which hopes to restore more of the elite houses in the area.

AUC is affiliated to Girne American University and also manages the nearby Arabahmet Culture House.

Curator librarian Yücem Varoğlu said the archive contains illuminated Ottoman books and manuscripts as well as everyday Ottoman objects and paintings.

Opening hours are from 9am-1pm and 2-5pm on weekdays only, although special exhibitions may stay open over weekends.

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