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Culture Heritage


Enkomi, Salamis, the statues and mosaics, the basilicas of Kampanopetra and Ayios Epiphanios, the whole city of Famagusta, its walls, the Archaeological Museum, the private collections of Hadjiprodromou, Marangos, Louizos, the countless churches in the district of Famagusta, Apostle Barnabus, Kanakaria... are only some of the magnificent monuments we have been robbed by the Turkish military forces.

 


Christ on the Cross, from the church of
St. Procopius in Sygrasi, a village in the region of Famagusta

The mosaic of St. Mark from the Church of Christ
Antifonetes in Kalograia. The mosaic was stolen and after
a court case in the USA has returned to its rightful owner,
the Church of Cyprus

The stolen mosaics were returned in suitcases to
the rightful owner, the Church of Cyprus. The mosaics
are to be seen today at the Byzantine Museum of
Archbishop Makarios III Foundation


The church of Panagia Melandryna as it stands today
 

The protection and preservation of Cyprus ' cultural heritage is of universal significance.

It is of critical importance that the mechanisms and tools at the disposal of the international community be put into action so that the pillage and continuous plundering of Cyprus ' rich historical heritage be stopped. Should cultural organizations such as UNESCO fail to take action and should public opinion not react to such evident destruction, then one should rethink the role and mission of such organizations whose primary role is to identify and safeguard the world' s cultural heritage.

The iconostasis of a church as it stands today,
all its icons were stolen and sold

The interior of a church in Trikomo,
a village outside Famagusta

Wall painting of the 12th century of the
Church of Christ Antifonetes in Kalograia. The faces of the angels are destroyed.
The wall painting inside the Church
of St. George of the Greeks in the mediaeval
city of Famagusta. The Crucifixion on the wall.

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