President Mustafa Akıncı has opened the new Iskele Archaeology Museum. After 18 months of work, the new building was completed and will house artefacts which have been stored away in St. Barnabas museum.
The President noted that the Iskele-Karpaz region is where concrete evidence of the first human settlements in Cyprus had been discovered.
The Head of Famagusta Antiquties Deparment Hasan Tekel said that the new museum was a “must see” as it will be home to over 2,000 artefacts dating from Neolithic to Roman times.
Tourism and Environment Minister Fikri Ataoglu, Minister of Interior and Local Government Ayşegül Baybars and İskele Mayor Hasan Sadıkoğlu also took part in the opening ceremony.
In his speech, Tourism Minister Ataoğlu said: “Many civilizations have existed in Cyprus during the island’s long history, and the historic remains, monuments, and artefacts of these past civilizations are being exhibited in museums. We will continue to work tirelessly for the preservation of our historical heritage.”
Ataoğlu stated that four more museums will be opened before the end of this year, and that over the past year, over one million people have visited the TRNC’s museums.
Ataoğlu emphasised that the Tourism and Environment Ministry matches international standards in terms of modern museology and said that constant innovations are being added to these works every day.
Meydan Kibris, TRNC Public Information Office