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FAMAGUSTA

FAMAGUSTA

Famagusta in Greek, Ammochostos in Latin is a port city on the island of Cyprus. It is the administrative center of Famagusta district of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. According to the 2011 census, the city has a population of 69,741 people. There are three international universities in the city. 

Famagusta beaches are among the best known beaches in the world. The International Famagusta Culture and Art Festival is held regularly every year in the city.

The city was first founded in the 3rd century BC by Ptolemy I under the name “Arsinoe”. As a result of the plunder of Salamis by the Arabs in 647/648 AD, the immigrants who came from here settled in the city. When the city of Acre was taken during the Crusades in 1291, the people who migrated from there settled in the city. As a result of the arrival of merchants along with the people, the city became rich and gained importance and became a trade center thanks to its port. The Lusignan kings, who also ruled Jerusalem during the Lusignan period, were crowned in the Cathedral of St. Nicholas in Famagusta until 1372. In 1372, the Genoese captured the city; The city remained under Genoese rule until 1469 as per the agreement and was later returned to the Lusignans. The city, which was used as a military zone during the Genoese period, lost its feature of being a commercial center. 

Famagusta Castle, which remained in the hands of Roman and Eastern Roman empires, Latins and Venetians until the Turks, was conquered by the Turks on August 6, 1571 during Selim II’s Cyprus Campaign. The castle, which remained under Turkish administration until 1878, was left to the British administration in 1878 together with Cyprus. 

Famagusta, as can be seen from its history and geographical location, provides facilities and facilities very suitable for university life. University of City Island , which is a city university in the real sense, aims to transform this historical and geographical richness into a richness of education and life.

Famagusta Short Introduction Video