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A Pocket Mağusa in shops

A NEW 120-page guidebook to the architectural and archaeological treasures of the walled city of Gazimağusa, Salamis and St Barnabas Monastery has been published.

A Pocket Mağusa in shops

By ANNE CANALP

A Pocket Mağusa, printed in English, is now available in local bookshops.
Produced by Walled City Association co-ordinator Serdar Atai and North Cyprus UK’s Zorlu Cezaroğlu, the compact guide contains photographs and information on the wealth of cultural heritage in the area.
An ongoing programme of restoration funded by the EU and implemented by the United Nations' UNDP-ACT programme has also restored monuments from the ancient walls to Othello’s Tower, churches and the Venetian Palace, which now host cultural and festival events.
Copies were presented this month to President Mustafa Akıncı and Gazimağusa Mayor İsmail Arter, who said: “Our thanks will never be enough for the hard work which has been put into the creation of this guide.”
Mr Atai added: “Our town has the most cultural heritage of any in the country but its great disadvantages with regard to tourism have not been addressed. 
“I hope that it will be circulated at home and abroad to help visitors and residents discover the rich heritage that awaits them. There is a great need for this guide, and other books of its kind, to create a better understanding and recognition of the town.”
Mr Atai has worked for years with the Walled City Association to bring his town back to life with academic and small business projects, bicommunal sports and festival events, restoration projects and cross-border tourism.
Copies of the new guide are priced at 25TL and may be purchased from Deniz Plaza bookshops or the Khora Bookshop near the Ledra Palace crossing point in the capital.
 

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