The New Government House in Nicosia

On 21 October 1931, a mass of Greek Cypriot demonstrators marched towards Government House shouting for ‘Enosis’ (union) with Greece and the end of the British rule on the island. This was a time of heightened political frustration and economic hardship in Cyprus. A few hours later, what was left of Government House was a pile of burnt rubble.

06 May 2021

Street Sellers in Cyprus

The CVAR’s photographic archive is rich in representations of street sellers dating from the end of the 19th century and up to the 1970s reflecting upon the long existence of itinerant sellers in Cyprus throughout the ages.

13 Apr 2021

International Francophonie Day: a tribute to Dr Sylvain Beraud

March 20th is celebrated annually as the International Francophonie Day to commemorate the foundation of the Agency for Cultural and Technical Cooperation (ACCT) in 1970 that was to become the Institution of La Francophonie a few years later.

18 Mar 2021

Celebrating women on International Women’s Day

This week’s post from the Research Centre is dedicated to the women of Cyprus on the occasion of the International Women’s day, celebrated every year on 8th March, to commemorate women's achievements in all aspects of life.

08 Mar 2021

Carnival in Cyprus

It is generally accepted that the carnival, as we know it today is a product of a long evolutionary process with its roots in the distant pre-Christian past. Medieval popular feasts played a pivotal part in the making of the modern carnival.

04 Mar 2021

The Cyprus Government Railway

The Cyprus Government Railway was a narrow railway network built in 1905. Long stipes of the tracks were placed over old stones taken from ancient monuments such as the Sigouri castle in Mesaoria in order to strengthen the foundation of the tracks. The railway ran in three sections: the first section of 36 miles ran from Famagusta to Nicosia with 39 stops including the villages of Prastio, Angastina, Trachoni etc.

25 Feb 2021

Limassol Wine Festival

February 18th is celebrated worldwide as a day dedicated to wine and its health benefits. Therefore, today’s post from our research centre focuses on Cypriot wine and its substantial role in Cypriot culture and daily life throughout the ages.

18 Feb 2021

Yuri Gagarin in Cyprus in 1962

A Russian cosmonaut was the first human to journey in outer space, achieving a remarkable milestone in the Space Race, the unofficial war among the Soviet Union (USSR) and the United States of America (USA) during the Cold War years. Vostok 1, Soviet Union’s spacecraft, successfully completed one orbit around the earth on 12 April 1961.

11 Feb 2021

Dr. Frederick Charles von Heidenstam in Cyprus

The last Sunday of January is known as World Leprosy Day, dedicated to raising awareness of Leprosy or Hansen’s Disease that many people believe to be extinct. According to the World Health Organization, this day was chosen by French humanitarian Raoul Follereau in 1953 to coincide with the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s death on 30th January 1948.

05 Feb 2021

In memory of George Poulias (1896 – 1958)

This week's post is dedicated to George Poulias and his life's work as he was actively involved in the political affairs of Cyprus between the 1920s and 1950s. He was also a great supporter of sports and especially football which was his great passion.

28 Jan 2021

HRH Princess Margaret visiting Cyprus

On this exact day forty-seven years ago, 21 January 1974, HRH Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, arrived in Nicosia on a military plane to pay a three-day visit to Cyprus as a guest of the President of the Republic, Archbishop Makarios.

21 Jan 2021

The Cyprus Ski Club

Last night's first snowfall around Troodos made this week's post even more fitting as it has been inspired by photographs drawn from Edmond Torikian's collection documenting winter sports in Cyprus in the 1960s.

14 Jan 2021

Cyprus’s Hill Resorts

This week’s post from our Research Centre was inspired by photographs and postcards drawn from CVAR’s photographic archive depicting views of Cyprus’s hill resorts dating from the 1920s and onwards.

09 Jan 2021

Christmas at Government House

As we enter the festive season, today’s post from our Research Center is inspired by a photograph drawn from Jane Darcy’s photographic collection at CVAR.

17 Dec 2020

Forest fires in Cyprus: a diachronic issue

What triggered today’s post coming from CVAR’s Research Centre was a photograph drawn from Susan Cameron’s archive, depicting a forest fire at a mountainous area in Cyprus in 1932, on the occasion of the International Mountain Day celebrated annually on 11 December. Do you by any chance recognise this village?

10 Dec 2020

Mayor of Limassol Christodoulos Sozos (1872-1912)

This Saturday, December 6th will be 108 years since the death of the mayor of Limassol Christodoulos Sozos who died in 1912 at the First Balkan War. This historical postcard drawn from CVAR’s collections that circulated after his death carries a photograph that depicted Christodoulos Sozos addressing H.R.H. Duke of Connaught upon his arrival in Limassol.

03 Dec 2020

La Reine de Chypre (The Queen of Cyprus)

La Reine de Chypre (The Queen of Cyprus) is an opera composed by Fromental Halévy that was first performed at the Salle Le Peletier of the Paris Opéra in 1841. A reference to this masterpiece seemed appropriate in reminiscences of Caterina Cornaro a day after her birthday.

26 Nov 2020

The Costanzo Coat of Arms

Camille Enlart, the French archaeologist, travelled to Cyprus in 1896 under the auspices of the Ministere de l’ Instruction Public et des Beaux-Arts, of France, to study and document the island’s Gothic art and architecture. He was one of the first scholars that had embarked on such a venture.

19 Nov 2020

In memory of the former Cypriot President Glafcos Clerides

On the occasion of Glafkos Clerides's upcoming death anniversary, today's post is dedicated to the former President of the Republic of Cyprus, who died on November 15th, 2013. The two photographs selected from CVAR's archives depict Clerides in military uniform when joining the British Royal Air Force as a volunteer during World War II.

12 Nov 2020

Sir Henry Blackall (1889- 1981)

Sir Henry Blackall was born in Limerick, Ireland in 1889. He was a lawyer and a judge with a special interest in genealogy. In 1919, Sir Henry was appointed Crown Counsel in Kenya and a member of the Legislative Council in 1920. In 1923, he was appointed Crown Counsel in Nigeria until 1931.

05 Nov 2020

A traditional olive press in Lyssos

A photograph drawn from the personal holiday album of Sir Joseph Turner Hutchinson and Lady Hutchinson dating to 1900s. Sir Hutchinson served as Chief Justice of Cyprus from 1898 – 1906 when he proceeded to Ceylon to fill in the same position.

29 Oct 2020

Winston Churchill in Cyprus

Winston Churchill at Nicosia railway station in October 1907. Photograph drawn from the personal album of Sir Charles King-Harman, who served as High Commissioner in Cyprus (1904 – 1911).

16 Oct 2020