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05-03-2018 17:48 | Read 355 times

Kent slams name change proposal

Claims that the Evkaf religious foundation wants to rename one of the country’s best known Ottoman sites have been slammed by its owner and tourism chiefs.

Kent slams name change proposal

 

By Kerem Hasan

John Aziz Kent said he was “outraged” by reports in the media this week that foundation officials objected to the name of Lefkoşa’s Kumarcılar Hanı (Gamblers’ Inn), of which he owns 75 per cent.
The inn is believed to have been built in the late 17th century. It was reopened in November 2016 following a major restoration, funded by the Turkish embassy in Lefkoşa, but the origins of its name have been the source of dispute.
In February of that year civil society groups voiced anger at suggestions to drop the word “gamblers”, claiming that it was part of a Turkish policy of “assimilation”.

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