Premises Nicosia 1940

When the British Council Cyprus opened its first institute in Nicosia back in 1940, it was responsible for the cultural and the educational affairs along with the Education Department.

By 1941, four more British Institutes had opened in all the island’s major towns: Limassol, Famagusta, Kyrenia and Larnaca. Finally, Paphos got its own institute in 1945. Since 2006, we have been located in a converted townhouse and Halloumi factory (called Zinovia) in the old city of Nicosia. Below are few pictures from the various locations that British Institutes were operating and the inauguration of some of the buildings we were located.

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[Photos: British Council Archives]

Premises Nicosia 1940
Premises Famagusta 1941
Premises British Council 1
Premises British Council 2
Aristotelous street Street Premises