Nicosia’s Kaimakli has managed to maintain its charming character over the years with stone architecture and traditional coffee shops and old butchers, a sight not found very often in the cities.
Contrary to the ever-growing Old Town that is booming with new nightlife venues, Kaimakli has kept its quiet yet picturesque feel and is a neighbourhood with an abundance of history.
An area that was once abandoned after the tragic events of 1974, out of fear for being too close to the Green Line, Kaimakli is slowly gaining more attention and appreciation. An annual street festival and an increase of people renovating old Cypriot houses are shining a light on life in Kaimakli.
Also appreciative of Kaimakli’s lifestyle and cultural importance to the urban development of the island is researcher Kalliopi Protopapa. Interested in the area’s folklore art and churches she has written two books on the matter and is now holding a lecture putting the spotlight on the craftsmen of Kaimakli who specialised in building with pyrupe stone.
Many churches throughout Cyprus and important buildings, mainly in Nicosia, are built by Kaimakli artisans.
With the arrival of the first graduate architects in Cyprus, such as Dimitrios Fotiadis, the Kaimakli craftsmen cooperated with them, especially in building neoclassical buildings, since they were specialists in stone carving.
Find out more about this craft and trace the architectural and social history of Cyprus with this unique lecture on Thursday. Whether an archaeologist, an architect or not, Protopapa’s one-hour lecture is sure to offer an interesting insight.
The Craftsmen of Kaimakli
Lecture by Kalliopi Protopapa on the craftsmen of Kaimakli. November 8. Cultural Heritage Center, Nicosia. 7.30pm. Free.Tel: 22-672087