"Cypriot Medieval Coins: History and Culture" at the Nicosia: The birth and growth of a capital. Byzantine - Medieval period exhibition

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Leventis Museum incorporates its permanent collections into its new venture, rearranging the temporary exhibitions area for the sake of its new temporary exhibition: “Nicosia: The birth and growth of a capital. Byzantine-Medieval period”. The exhibition showcases the historical course of Nicosia as capital of Cyprus since the 10th c. when, according to historical information, Nicosia undertakes for the first time the role of the administrative centre of Byzantine Cyprus. Also visited in the context of the exhibition is the establishment and development of Nicosia as capital of the feudal kingdom of the Lusignans until 1489. Cyprus then became part of the mercantile state of La Serenissima Republic of Venice, with Nicosia as the hub of Venetian rule (1489 -1570). The span of the exhibition ends at the year 1570 when Nicosia was subdued by the Ottoman Turks.

The exhibition unfolds on the museum’s second floor, in the “Temporary Exhibitions Hall”, highlighting various aspects of Byzantine and Medieval Nicosia. People, institutions and legislations, Religious life and art, Life in the city and at home are the main exhibitory units that make up the historical setting within which the visitor will follow the city’s growth, structures and human activities. Dioptra presents the project of Cypriot Medieval Coins: History and Culture in the exhibition, with an installation of interactive screens that allows the viewers to explore the digital library and discover the medieval cypriot coins of Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation.

24.05.2018 - 27.01.2019

Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia