The Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia

Back in the 1980's, it was time for Nicosia to acquire a historical museum. Mr Lellos Demetriades, who was then the mayor of Nicosia, had the vision to establish a historical museum that would tell the story of Nicosia, the only city in Cyprus which is inhabited since 3900 B.C., and the last divided capital city of Europe . A ruined family mansion, which was about to be demolished, seemed to be the ideal place to host this new museum. It was a historical mansion, owned by Themistoclis Dervis, a notable figure of the city, who served as a mayor for 28 whole years. The reconstruction of this building into a new museum would contribute to the revitalization of the historical center of the old town. Read more...


Always interested in the dissemination of the cultural heritage of Cyprus, the A. G. Leventis Foundation reached to an agreement with Nicosia Municipality and purchased the building to reconstruct it into the Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia. In April 1989, the historical museum of the city opened its gates to the public. Two years later, in 1991, The Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia was honored with the European Museum of the Year Award, by the Committee of the European Museum of the Year Award, under the auspices of the Council of Europe. This significant distinction which placed the museum on the map of the most notable museums in Europe, was awarded because for the first time, Cyprus had acquired a modern museum telling the history of Nicosia in an objective and balanced way. Throughout the years, The Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia, which started out without a single item to exhibit, had managed to turn into a true jewel of the city, housing rich and unique collections of items from the very birth of Nicosia to its most modern historical moments. More than 25 years later, the museum continues to contribute significantly to the protection and promotion of the history and culture of Nicosia, as well as the history of the whole island.

Established in May 1979, Anastasios G. Leventis Foundation, focuses on society, education and culture. For 40 years, the Foundation has supported the dissemination of Greek and Cypriot cultural heritage, as well as extensive public benefits programs, pioneering environmental protection projects and medical research. The Foundation also concentrates on the systematic granting of scholarships, on philanthropy and sustainable development projects in Southern Europe, Africa and world-wide.

As the capital of Cyprus, Nicosia is considered to be the heart of the country, where one can find all the main government agencies, financial and educational institutions, and cultural centers of the island. With a history of more than 100 years, Nicosia Municipality has always been offering its services to the citizens in a spirit of responsibility, aiming for growth and excellence. Culture and civilization constitute a priority for the Municipality. This is evident through the numerous cultural projects and events held in Nicosia.

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