As part of the “Education for Peace III” project funded by the European Commission, POST Research Institute (POST RI) organized a series of guided study tours for Greek and Turkish Cypriot teachers, educators and students with the purpose of fostering understanding of the diverse history of the island of Cyprus. The visited areas in 2010 included various fascinating historical and archaeological sites of Nicosia, Kyrenia, Famagusta and Morphou, which were introduced by the well-renowned archaeologist Tuncer Bağışkan, from a multi-cultural perspective.
Our first tour, Nicosia Cultural Treasure Tour, was a unique opportunity for teachers, educators, researchers and history lovers from across Cyprus to increase their historical knowledge of the walled city of Nicosia. Our second tour, Kyrenia in History was an opportunity for the participants to admire the beauty of the Kyrenia Castle, the Archangelos Michael Icon Museum among other sites. Journey into the Culture of Famagusta: Past and Present, our third tour introduced participants with Famagusta’s old buildings and beautiful ancient churches from a different angle; exploring how the now “ghost city” of Varosha used to be an vibrant neighbourhood until 1974; and provided an opportunity for children, parents, teachers, educators and history lovers to enjoy the Famagusta Children’s Festival, which was held on the same day in the city centre. The last tour, Explore the Magical History of Morphou and its Surroundings, was a day packed with visits to archaelogical sites and the Morpohou Nature and Archaelogy Museum. It was these tours and the overwhelming interest of the civil society for them, which gave us the initial ideas for our ongoing project now,”Tours for Peace”.