A shared architectural heritage is drawing Lefkoşa together with a north eastern Italian town.
Officials of the TRNC capital’s municipality and Near East University visited Palmanova, near Udine, this month and are planning a documentary film on the two settlements’ walls and buildings.
Like Lefkoşa, the heart of Palmanova, which lies close to the Italian – Slovenian border, lies within a star fort constructed by the Venetians in the 16th century.
Links between local Rotary clubs and universities are also being fostered, and there are plans to build a social and cultural relationship between the two.
The TRNC delegation spent four days in Palmanova at the invitation of the Italian town’s mayor, Francesco Martines.
They held meetings with local officials and toured the town’s old walls and buildings, gathering material and learning how they were protected. There were also talks with Palmanova Rotary officials and the nearby Università Degli Studi to see how the bodies from both countries could contribute to the project.