Getting to know our shared heritage from home: a virtual tour for the Othello Tower in Famagusta

Explore the wonders of this remarkable heritage site through an interactive tour from home.

February 11, 2021

Taking into account the current unprecedented opportunities provided by the digital age, the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage (TCCH) has incorporated a digital heritage component to its projects.

On the 1st of July 2020 agreements have been signed between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), The Cyprus Institute and RISE for the implementation of an innovative digital heritage project for the Othello Tower in Famagusta, which was reopened to the public in 2015 after structural stabilization and conservation works were completed in partnership with TCCH and the European Commission.

In summer of 2020 teams of experts visited the site and conducted 3D survey of the Othello Tower as well as a 360° photographic documentation for the purposes of creating a virtual tour. Today although we don’t have the opportunity to visit our heritage sites due to the pandemic this virtual tour of the Othello Tower provides you to opportunity to explore the wonders of this remarkable heritage site through an interactive tour from home.

Through this digital project, the TCCH aims to take advantage of the universal and democratic nature of digital heritage, improving accessibility and maximizing public engagement. This opportunity also provides for the further safeguarding of cultural heritage for future generations by creating a digital documentation of monuments.

A digital platform for the Othello Tower in Famagusta, constitutes a significant opening to bridge the gap between the past and the present, contributing appreciably to the sustainable and peaceful future of Cyprus.

This project is carried out by the TCCH with funding from the EU and with technical support from UNDP.