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Intellactual / Artistic Life


Intellectual and Artistic Activities

Many poets, writers, musicians and painters lived and created masterpieces in Famagusta . Amongst them was Pol Georgiou (1901-1971) the forerunner of contemporary Cypriot art, who exposed all the beauty and tragedy of Cyprus through his paintings.

Famagusta also had the honour of accommodating prominent intellectuals from the Greek world including George Seferis and Odysseas Elytis who were invited to Famagusta by Evangelos Louizos, a cosmopolitan that had a beautiful town house on Herakleous Street . A house that Seferis described as “ about to turn into a plant”.

Naturally, the character of a city is reflected by the intellectual drive of its people. Such intellectual beacons were the Greek Lyceum, the Greek Lyceum for Girls, the library of Demetrios Marangos, the Municipal Gallery, the Scientific and Literary Association of Famagusta founded by Dr. Kyriakos Hadjioannou in 1960 as well as many other places.

 

The well known artist from Famagusta
George Pol. Georghiou in his home in Famagusta
against one of his paintings. From the book by Niki Loizides “George Pol Georghiou” publication by the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation

Nobel laureate George Seferis, walking along the
beach of Salamis. From the book “Cyprus, through
the lens of George Seferis”, publication of the
Cultural Centre of the Popular Bank

“Christ raises in Cyprus, Birth, Crucifixion and Resurrection”. c.1955,Municipal Gallery of Rhodes.
Photo taken from the book of Niki Loizides “George Pol Georghiou”. Publication of the Cultural Foundation of the Bank of Cyprus.

Theatre performance in the ancient theatre of Salamis

One of the distinguished archeologists who visited the excavations in Salamis was the Swed Einar Gjerstad with his wife Vivi. From the book by Dr. Vasos Karageorghis “Salamis of Cyprus, 1952-1974”

Performance in the ancient theatre of Salamis

Xanthos Hadjissotiriou, painting

The Archaeological Museum of Famagusta as it was before the invasion. All its objects were looted.
"Cyprus the Plundering of A 9000 Year Old Civilization" Academy of Athens
Ceramic art by Famagustan Nina Iacovou.
Courtesy of Vasos Stylianou

 
 

Demetrios Marangos in his library in Famagusta.
"Famagusta 36 Centuries of Civilization 1600 BC - 1974 AD"

 

 

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