Originally, Samanbahce or "straw field" is thought to have been one of several gardens used for growing fruits and vegetables for the residents of the Walled City. As the demand for housing grew, Samanbahce was developed into a social housing complex. Although the exact date is not known records show that by 1894, Samanbahce was partially built and functioning as social housing. The construction was done in phases and was completed in 1955.
The Samanbahce Area covers about 2000 square meters and is located on the northern edges of the walled city of Nicosia, very close to Kyrenia Avenue, and to the bastion of Quirini.
It is a unique neighbourhood with very defined geometric narrow roads and units of one storey mud-brick construction with red tile roofs. Samanbahce was the first known social housing to have been constructed in Cyprus and consists of 72 separate units along 5 rows parallel to Kyrenia Avenue. A large fountain is located in the core of the estate while a large parking area (former garden) can be found in the northern corner. Currently, 153 low-income residents are living in Samanbahce but the area was in need of general restoration and repair.
The Nicosia Master Plan document provided a general framework for the project. The area has been entirely upgraded including provision for the pedestrianisation of the secondary streets.
Taking into account the recommendations of the Nicosia Master Plan technical team, the project included upgrading of the facades, roofs, existing infrastructure and landscaping of the area as well as pedestrianisation of public and semi-private open spaces for public use. Restoration works started in September 2003 and were completed in April 2004.
The direct beneficiaries of the project are the present residents of the Samanbahce area. In addition, the residents of Nicosia benefit from the improved condition of the overall area and preservation of cultural heritage.
Photo Gallery: Before restoration , during restoration , After restoration
Technical Site Visit homepage
Inauguration of the Samanbache area link
Project Map link
PFF Exhibition (Samanbache) link
Samanbache Posters and Leaflets
|Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 July 2012 )|