Exhibition: Mare Liberum

September 23rd, 2012  |  Published in «International Sea Festival Cyprus “Nautilus”», Agenda, Sea Festival  |  48 Comments

9 Οctober – 15 November 2012

Evagoras Lanitis Centre


An exhibition dedicated to the Navigation in the Mediterranean Sea between the 16th and 19th century.


“I am indeed, the Lord of the World, but the Law is the Lord of the sea.”

Roman Emperor Antoninus, (138 – 161 A.D.), Justinian’s Digest, Book XIV (Title I-II)

(529 – 565 AD)


Under the auspices of the Cypriot Presidency of the EU and on the occasion of the signing of the Limassol declaration by the European Member States, the Evagoras and Kathleen Lanitis Foundation is organising an exhibition centred on Navigation in the Mediterranean Sea during the 16th to the 19th centuries.  The exhibition will be held at the Evagoras Lanitis Centre from 9th of October to the 15th of November 2012.


The exhibition focuses on Portolan charts and their history and origins, illustrates the cities and the ports that flourished, examines the different types of ships that navigated, whereas special attention is given to famous sea battles and to piracy, both Christian and Muslim; The last chapter of the exhibition is dedicated to the Capitulation that the Ottoman Empire offered to the European states, and to the origins and development of maritime law in the Mediterranean Sea.


A sophisticated multimedia production, combined with an exhibition of original portolan maps from the Correr Museum of Venice, of European sea charts of the 19th century from the Collection of the Cultural Foundation of the Bank of Cyprus and ship models of Aristotles Onassis collection that will travel all the way from the Hellenic Maritime Museum, in Piraeus will guide the visitor into the magical world of our Common Sea and our common European Heritage.


Presidents Barroso and Christofias will inaugurate the exhibition on Monday, October 8 in the morning and the exhibition will be open to the public from the 8 th to the 13th of November.


The exhibition «Mare Liberum» is curated by Anna Marangou, archaeologist and art Historian and designed by architect George Papadopoulos. The graphic design and the video animation are the combined works of Artemis Psathas and Christina Olympiou.


For more information please contact the Evagoras Lanitis Centre:

Telephone: 25342123 /

Co-Organisers : Ministry of Culture and Education, Limassol Municipality, ΡΙΚ


Opening hours: daily except Mondays  10.00-13.00, 16.00-20.00

Saturday and Sunday 10.00-13.00, 16.00-20.00


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