Bandabuliya, Nicosia Municipal Market (1932 to present).
Bandabulya, which was built geographically in the middle of Nicosia, also known as the Municipality Bazaar, is the first vegetable market in Nicosia. The bazaar, which was completely open at the beginning, was established in 1932 with the shape of Arasta as it is today, and brought a new dynamism and wealth to the region.
Bandabulya is the place where Cypriot food, drinks, spices, vegetables and fruits meet in a historical place.
Bandabuliya (Old Market) / Belediye Pazari / Bazaar - Cultural Events ~ Cyprus
From October to December 2012! Everyday at BANDABULIYA (Old Market) in the northern part of Nicosia!
The European Commission and the United Nations Development Programme - Partnership for the Future (UNDP-PFF) in collaboration with the Bandabuliya Management are pleased to present the Bandabuliya Cultural Programme for October, November and December 2012.
Starting this Friday October 05th until end of December 2012, the Bandabuliya (Old Market) in the northern part of Nicosia, will host a series of workshops, exhibitions and competitions that will bring together Cypriot non-profit institutions as well as private individuals. These activities are financed by the European Union and supported by UNDP Partnership for the Future.
The programme of activities includes: a monthly crafts market (every second Saturday of the month), daily handicrafts and embroideries workshops, olive oil soap laboratories, Master Chef cooking competition, clay sculptures workshops, a science festival and art workshops for children, and different Bandabuliya media initiatives!
The detailed calendar of activities will be available soon on UNDP-PFF website undp-pff.org and Facebook page:
The cultural programme will provide you with an opportunity to rediscover Cypriots handicrafts traditions, cultural/culinary tradition, and re-create moments of fun and art-sharing for children, youth and persons with disabilities at the Bandabuliya.
With the launch of this cultural programme, we aim to create a momentum towards the complete rehabilitation of the renovated market into the cultural, economic and social life of Nicosia and of its residents. These activities aim to bring Cypriots back to Bandabuliya and to the Selimiye area, and make Cypriots re-discover and re-value their urban cultural heritage -- Tiziana Zennaro, UNDP-PFF.
The activities were selected amongst the applications received last August through the Bandabuliya Fund for cultural and community activities in Bandabuliya. The Fund is one of the activities foreseen within the Upgrading of local and urban infrastructure project in order to support the revitalization of the walled city of Nicosia.
All activities are financed by the European Union under the Aid Programme for the Turkish Cypriot community and supported by UNDP Partnership for the Future.
During the Lusignan and Venetian period, the area of St Sophia (Selimiye) was the main religious and trade centre of Nicosia. This continued under the OttomansTurkish Cypriots, who started using the Cathedral as a mosque. Selimiye was the meeting point for the citizens of Nicosia, especially on Fridays, to coincide with Friday prayers.
St Nicholas Church (Bedestan) served as a market where mostly textiles were sold. Because of population growth, and because people from all over Cyprus came to the city to sell their goods, new buildings were built around the Bedestan, including the Hans where tradesmen could stay.
In the 1800s, the weekly market place was turned into a permanent market place, and this continued till the Bandabuliya was built.
Construction of the Bandabuliya started in 1930, and it was opened two years later in 1932. The bazaar housed everything from greengrocers to butchers and fishmongers.
Population increase, and the movement towards the outskirts of Nicosia, forced shopping centres to be closer to the new settlement areas. The closure of roads leading to Turkish Cypriot parts of the city in 1958, lead to a further decline.
Recent years have seen a revival of trade, and this historic bazaar is still a superb market for fresh vegetables and meat, as well as Turkish Cypriots souvenirs. It as mainly frequented by local shoppers, so any visitor can get a taste of shopping in the old city.
In 2010, the Bandabuliya closed for restoration, and re-opened in the Spring of 2012. Sadly the refurbishment has meant that all the character of the old market has been lost. Instead of a Middle East bazaar, we now have the feel of a 1960s English provincial indoor market, that a mediocre architect would be embarrassed to put his name to! Hopefully some of the character will eventually return.
Arasta Street & Market in North Nicosia, Cyprus (2016)
Filmed in Nicosia, Cyprus by Chris Krzentz on Oct 21, 2016. If you like the videos, feel free to subscribe to the Chris Krzentz global youtube channel.
Arasta Street and Büyük Han in North Nicosia, Cyprus (2016)
Filmed in North Nicosia, Cyprus by Chris Krzentz on Tuesday, Oct 11, 2016. Turkish Cypriot Retired Archaeologist Tuncer Bagiskan is the Tour Guide.
Meryem Teyze at Bandabulya in Nicosia, Cyprus (Oct 23, 2013)
This is a clip from my four hour North Nicosia, Cyprus Tour Video Documentary - Turkish Cypriot Retired Archaeologist Tuncer Bagiskan is the tour guide. Filmed on Oct 23, 2013
Mahallebi Vendor Hakan Aşık in North Nicosia, Cyprus (2014)
Filmed in Nicosia, Cyprus by Chris Krzentz on Oct 14, 2014. Turkish Cypriot Retired Archaeologist Tuncer Bagiskan is the Guide.
Nicosia / Lefkosia, Cyprus - the Last Divided City in Europe - Tourist Attractions
The capital of Cyprus Nicosia or Lefkosia in Greek remains the last divided city in Europe. Since the Turkish invasion of Northern Cyprus in 1974, the city has been divided between the Republic of Cyprus and the unrecognised Republic of Northern Cyprus (under Turkish control). Both parts are separated by a buffer zone or green line which remains uninhabited to the day. To visit the Turkish side of the city, you have to cross at the checkpoint in Ledra Street, one of the main shopping streets in the center of Nicosia. And so I did. Nicosia is a relatively small city and most of the major tourist attractions on both the Greek and Turkish sides can be seen in just a couple of hours. So check out what you can expect as a tourist in Nicosia and don't forget to like the video, if you have enjoyed it!
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Old Nicosia Market - Opening soon
What are local marketers expectations from UNDP-PFF newly restored old market of Nicosia? And what does this market mean for the people of Nicosia? As the opening date of the restored market is coming closer we have interviewed them; this is what they told us.
Located almost at the mathematical centre of the walled city, this market means a lot to Cypriots - and is one of the many projects that thanks to EC funds have been restored and rehabilitated by UNDP-PFF in the framework of the revitalization of the Walled City of Nicosia and the conservation of its architectural heritage. The Improvements to the retailers' area covered an estimated ground surface of 4,500 square meters and encompassed the restoration and rehabilitation of 74 stalls. The project included the upgrading of the existing structural conditions of the building as well as of its infrastructure, facilities, stalls, walkways, windows, doors and the entire roof.
The overall cost of the project is of around 2.5 mln Euros including design, supervision and works. A permanent exhibition to present both an historical and contemporary perspective to the Bandabulya marketplace is being prepared and will be inaugurated soon!
Kykkos Metochi Gardens in Nicosia, Cyprus (Dec 2015)
Produced and directed by Chris Krzentz on Dec 26, 2015
Collette & Amanda in Bandabulya - In North Cyprus
The main market in North Nicosia is the covered municipal market, known to all the locals as the Bandabulya. Built during the British occupation in 1932, the market stalls are busy with locals and tourist buying their weekly groceries, essential supplies or purchasing souvenirs to take home. Unlike other markets in Nicosia, Bandabulya is open Monday to Friday from 6am to 3pm and on Saturdays until 1pm. Walking into the market is truly a treat for all five senses. For your nose, you are greeted by the aromas of all the cooking spices available for purchase and the sweet smell from the fresh fruits, for your eyes, all the beautiful and colourfull clothes are displayed outside the shops. The Turkish Delight will leave your mouth watering. But by far the best part of the market, is hearing all the different languages, inlcuding English, being spoken by people from all walks of life.
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The Late Enver Kavaz from at Bandabulya in Nicosia, Cyprus (2013)
Filmed in the north part of Nicosia, Cyprus by Chris Krzentz, on Oct 23, 2013, with the Turkish Cypriot Retired Archaeologist Tuncer Bagiskan.
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Lefkoşa Nicosia Lefkosia Old Town 2 Bandabulya Cyprus 2018 GoPro
Lefkoşa Nicosia Lefkosia Old Town 2 2018 GoPro
Vendor Vildan at Bandabulya in North Nicosia, Cyprus
Produced and directed by Chris Krzentz on Oct 14, 2014
Bandabulya (Powered by Studio 13)
Restorasyon çalışmalarından sonra biraz değişen Bandabulya, esnaflarıyla ruhunu buluyor. Bizde kendi gözümüzden bu eseri sizlerle paylaştık.
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Turkish Cypriot Sculptor Sevcan Cerkez (Oct 24, 2016)
Filmed in Nicosia, Cyprus by Chris Krzentz on Oct 24, 2016. If you like the videos, feel free to subscribe to the Chris Krzentz global youtube channel.