We visited this sad little museum/exhibit with Turkish friends from Istanbul. It is indeed a very ancient shipwreck, recovered from the seabed outside Kyrenia Harbour by amateur divers. It has been installed in an air-conditioned/climate controlled room in Kyrenia/Girne Castle, and then sadly, abandoned.
Today it sits in an unremarkable and dusty location, which is often missed by visitors to the castle. There is inadequate signage, inadequate explanation and diagrams, and is in general poorly displayed. The contents of the wreck are on show in dusty display cabinets often with burnt out lamps and very little in the way of description.
This whole exhibition could be so much better, I suggest the curators visit Bodrum Castle in Turkey if they want some indication of how to do things in a more professional manner. But in reality all that is really needed is a little love and attention. The authorities that look after this Castle should be ashamed of themselves, they may not have much money for repairs, but they can pick up the rubbish and do a little housekeeping which costs very little indeed. This shipwreck could be marvellous attraction, and if properly advertised and displayed, bring in considerable revenue.
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