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Re-inventing age-old Travelling Paths of the Levant in the Digital Era: The example of Cyprus

Re-inventing age-old Travelling Paths of the Levant in the Digital Era: The example of Cyprus

On Friday, 9 September 2022, the closing press conference was held for the Bank of Cyprus EXCELLENCE/0918/0190 research programme entitled: “Re-inventing age-old Travelling Paths of the Levant in the Digital Era: the example of Cyprus” – (ReTraPath, EXCELLENCE/0918/0190).

The Project EXCELLENCE/0918/0190 is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and the Republic of Cyprus through the Research and Innovation Foundation. The Host Organization was the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation. Programme funding came to €149,623.20.

Speakers at the event included Dr Ioanna Hadjicosti, Director of the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation and the programme's coordinator; Dr Achilleas Emilianides, Chairman of the Centre for Scientific Dialogue and Research; and Lenia Mylona, Head of the Cyprus Tourist Guides Association. Programme researchers Dr Margaritou Ioannou (Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation) and Dr Katerina Gotsi (Centre for Scientific Dialogue and Research) presented the results of the programme, with special mention made of the successful and on-schedule completion of the programme deliverables.

The programme's key contribution - beyond the associated scientific publications and public dissemination activities - was the setting up of a database/searchable index of travel-related texts dating from the 15th century up until the modern-day information era. The researchers also spoke of the successful creation of free digital applications that harness material from primary research, designed as an educational game for students aged 9-12. They also mentioned the two 3D interactive maps of Cyprus navigating through areas of touristic and cultural interest.

The closing press conference closed with the inauguration of the travel exposition titled: "Sea, salt and palm trees: in the footsteps of travellers to Larnaca throughout the centuries" (Museum of George and Nefeli Giabra). The exposition presents the city of Larnaca - the most important maritime and trade centre of the island which served as the base for European merchants and consuls from the 15th to the 19th centuries, visually presented on 10 rollup banners. The material was drawn from travel-related texts kept in the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation Manuscripts and Rare Books Collection, Engravings, Old Photographs and Watercolours Collection and the Rare books Collection from the Sylvia Ioannou Foundation.


Duration of expo: 09/09/2022 - 30/9/2022

Visiting hours: 10:00 - 19:00 (weekdays and weekends)

Entrance: free of charge


Next, visitors had the opportunity to take a guided tour of the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation's Manuscripts and Rare Books Collection and the foundation's Cyprus Map Collection and Engravings, Old Photographs and Watercolours Collection.n.

Meanwhile, in partnership with the Cyprus Tourist Guides Association, two free guided tours were offered at the Larnaca seafront for the afternoon of the same day (Friday, 9 September).

The guided tours titled "A place of Salt: in the footsteps of travellers. The case of Larnaca" drew for the first time on material derived from research carried within the ReTraPath programme.

For information on the expo and the guided tours, visit the website of the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation.


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