Monday, 21 September 2009

Kios building 7a: this is the village mosque; it's empty inside.

The Cyprus Temples project's bicommunal architectural survey team generally said it was in good condition, and didn't mention any damage. Yet when he visited, Turkish Cypriot journalist Hasan Karaokçu found that
The Mosque was also a victim of neglect. Its doors and windows were all broken and inside was full of pigeon nests and faeces. We could hardly walk around the Mosque because it was surrounded by overgrown weeds and thorns.
So the mosque must have been repaired; but a Turkish Cypriot from Istinjo, BirKıbrıslı, mentioned seeing the 'mosque, minus the minaret'.

I don't think the bicommunal architectural survey team - or Karaokçu - knew the mosque had had a minaret before; they did not mention any minaret, and the Cyprus Temples project said the structure of the mosque was in '[g]ood' condition and the mass of the building '[p]reserved'.

BirKıbrıslı said:
It was like visiting a foreign place. None of my family's houses were still standing. And the house I was born in lay in ruins just across the road from Grandparents' "guest house".

The wallnut [sic - walnut] tree was long gone. The orchards, the vineyards, the almond and carob trees, even the figs had disappeared. There were a few skinny pomegranate and orange trees trying to survive in the suffocating heat. The water at the fountain which was flowing day and night as thick as my neck had almost totally dried up.

I couldnt identify the places where the village flour mill and the wheat threshing field had stood. Only the school building and the mosque, minus the minaret, looked familiar.

Kios building 7b: mosque keystone - the Cyprus Temples project couldn't see it properly, and thought it said 1935; but zoom shows the mosque was built in 1937.

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