Dozens of artefacts on exhibition at National Struggle Museum
Date Added: 20 November 2023

The Turkish Cypriot History, Culture and National Struggle Museum opened to visitors on November 15, Republic Day.

Dozens of artefacts and sculptures belonging to the Turkish culture in Cyprus from the Ottoman period from past to present, the history of the national struggle and the establishment process of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus are all on display.

The museum, which was previously established under the name of the National Struggle Museum at the Mucahitler Sitesi on the Musalla Bastion on the historical walls of Lefkoşa, was reorganized under the auspices of the Presidency with the contributions of Ankara Etimesgut Municipality and reopened as the Cyprus Turkish History, Culture and National Struggle Museum.

The Turkish Cypriot History, Culture and National Struggle Museum, which was inaugurated by President Ersin Tatar and Turkish Vice President Cevdet Yılmaz on November 15 and which coincided with celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the TRNC, exhibits military and civilian documents, weapons, paintings, clothes and historical photographs of the Turkish Cypriot people’s national struggle that started in 1878 and continued uninterruptedly.

In the garden of the museum, the statues of 51 historical figures who contributed to the Cyprus cause, the armoured vehicles and cannons used by the Turkish Resistance Organization (TMT) in the fight against Greek Cypriot attacks from 1963 to 1974 are all being exhibited.

The head of the TMT Fighters Association Celal Bayar made a statement to Anadolu Agency regarding the museum.

He said “With this museum, our national culture will be explained to young people. This is a visual artistic aspect of our national existence. I would like to express our gratitude to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Etimesgut Mayor Mr. Enver Demirel, who contributed to the reconstruction and opening of the museum.”