The house stands close to the Archbishopric and has been totally renovated and established as the Nicosia Ethnographical Museum and was awarded the Europa Nostra award in 1988.
The house of the Dragoman is a two storey building made from sizeable solid blocks. Above the arched entranceway is a coat of arms portraying the two-headed Byzantine eagle and the Lion of Venice. On the ground floor there are storage rooms, a stable and staff quarters. A broad staircase leads to the first floor with its opulent reception room with its impressive furnishings that have been restored to their ‘former glory’
The house and museum has the following opening hours:
Monday – Friday 08:00 – 15:30
Saturday 08:30 – 14:30
The house of the Dragoman makes a great part of a day out if you are looking for things to do in Nicosia on your Cyprus holiday.
For other great things to do in Nicosia, why not read out Nicosia page, you can also read about severeal other Nicosia museums and attractions
The house of the Dragoman.
This building looks different from the moment it comes into view with its distinctive latticed balcony – reminiscent of the Ottaman period, yet with traces of Venetian styling too! The house is in every way a traditional 18th century konak - Turkish town house - and it belonged to Dragoman Hadjigeorgakis Kornessios, who held office 1779 -1809.
The literal translation of the term ‘Dragoman’ is ‘translator’ but in reality this man was the link between the Turkish administration and the Greek Cypriot citizens and he was one of the most powerful and wealthiest men on the island.