What I Saw

24 May 2024


The Belgian nobleman Stochove wrote in 1613 about Nicosia:

There are many grand houses built of cut-stone, the streets are fine and wide, there is

nothing Ottoman about them, nor in the buildings, which are of the most part of Venetian

work. The Palace, formerly the residence of the kings of Cyprus, is large and beautiful:

above the entrance, you see the arms of the house of Lusignan, crowned and quartered

with those of Savoy. The Pasha or Viceroy lives there. In front is a spacious and fine

square, in the midst of which is a pyramid, or obelisk, like those one sees at Rome. The

Ottomans exercise their horses here every Friday. The city is rich in gardens full chiefly

of date palms: the number of crows is incredible, the trees are black with them. They are

useful as an alarum, for at dawn their croaking makes it impossible to sleep. The

Ottomans through some superstition will not have them killed.

Drawing: PNT-00967, Laiki Yitonia, Nicosia, Tessa Henderson, 1985-1988

© Costas and Rita Severis Foundation

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