The Centre of Visual Arts and Research (CVAR), located on Ermou Street in the heart of the walled city of Nicosia, opened in 2014. The CVAR is home to the Costas and Rita Severis collections, which include paintings, antique costumes and memorabilia related to Cyprus and its neighbours. The CVAR also houses a library and research centre whose over 10,000 volumes are available to scholars and casual readers alike. In its café and roof garden, the CVAR screens films and slide shows. On the ground floor, the CVAR hosts a wide range of activities, workshops and seminars supported by the Foundation and its partners to promote understanding and peaceful coexistence.

Come to CVAR for a walk through history and experience the magnificent views described by travelers and visitors centuries ago! From CVAR's unique and historic location, visitors can admire the tiled roofs, the historic palm trees, the countless churches, mosques and monuments of old Nicosia—all with the Pentadaktylos as a breathtaking backdrop.

CVAR tour

Visiting Hours


Tuesday-Sunday: 9:30-17:00
Friday: 17:00-20:00 - only by appointment
Closed: Monday
Monday-Saturday: 9:30-17:00
Friday: 17:00-20:00 - only by appointment
Closed: Sunday
Entrance €5
Free entrance for children and students
Group visits please call: +357 22300999
CVAR is disabled friendly throughout

Research Centre

Tuesday-Saturday: 9:30-17:00
Closed: Sunday and Monday
Monday-Friday: 09:30-17:00
Closed: Saturday and Sunday