Ethnographic Museum of Cyprus

  • Location

    Plateia Archiepiskopou Kyprianou (within the old Archbishopric), Nicosia

  • Tickets

    Adults €2,00 / Students €1,00

    Under 12 years old free admission

  • Opening Times

    Monday: 10:00-14:00
    Tuesday - Friday: 09:00 - 16:00
    Saturday: 09:00 - 13:00
    Closed on Sunday

    All year round.
    Closed on Public Holidays.

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Located on the ground floor of the Old Archbishopric, the Ethnographic Museum of Cyprus boasts an extensive collection of Cypriot folk art from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Among the exhibits, visitors can admire various wood-carved objects, tapestries, embroidery, pottery, Cypriot folk costumes, and hand-woven materials produced on the loom.

The museum building itself holds historical significance, dating back to the 15th century and showcasing an impressive blend of Gothic architecture with later additions. Originally, in the 13th century, the area was under French (Latin) influence, and the building served as a monastery for the Benedictines. Later, the Order of St. John-Hospitaliers erected a church in honor of their patron saint, St. John, and in 1218, it became the final resting place of Hugo 1st. During the time before Ottoman Rule (1571-1878), the Greek Orthodox Church took over the premises.

A remarkable highlight within the museum is the richly decorated Gothic arch, adorned with a 16th-century fresco depicting the Annunciation. This fresco, which includes the end of a Greek inscription, was uncovered in 1950 and adds to the site's cultural and historical allure.

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