Cyprus Mail

‘Ermou 1900’ revives last century market

By Evie Andreou

ERMOU, one of the busiest and most commercial streets of the capital before 1974, will be “revived and re-live 1900” for just today aiming to travel visitors back to the early 20th century Nicosia.

Sahlepi, loukoumadhes and eggs cooked over charcoal, will be some of the delicacies on offer at the open market, while volunteers dressed as crafts-people in period clothes will exhibit various traditional professions.

“Visitors will experience a Cypriot market as it was back in 1900, we even managed to find traditional street lights,” said Rita Severis, Executive Director of the Costas and Rita Severis foundation that is organising the event.

She added that the trip back in time is a first step to revive Ermou street, which runs almost along the capital’s dividing Green line, and expressed the hope that in the future it is reopened to normal traffic from the east to the west part of the walled city.

“Ermou can become a focal point for the town’s traditional centre, where craftspeople will exhibit their art work for locals and for tourists,” Severis said.

The market, Ermou 1900, will be located in front of the Centre of Visual Arts and Research, near Famagusta Gate, and will be opened at 10am by Lisa Buttenheim, UN Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus. It will remain open until 6pm.

For information visit the foundation’s Facebook page: CVAR/Severis Foundation

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