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Museum of icons in the Church of the Archangel Michael

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Close to one of the oldest and largest Fig trees Kyrenia near the harbour stands the Orthodox Church of the Archangel Michael - white building built in 1860. Previously in its place there stood a tower which was part of the fortified city wall. Later the Church was built and a tall bell tower, and the money to purchase the big bell it has allocated a single Turkish merchant who was friendly with the then rector of the Church.

After the civil war in Cyprus, when the Northern part was closed some Orthodox churches, the Church of the Archangel Michael began to take stored in them to this icon. Although many of the particularly valuable specimens were smuggled out of the island and sold on the black market. So, according to a rough estimate, dozens of murals and more than 20 thousand icons were illegally sold to private collections. Fortunately, some of them, such as the fresco depicting the last judgment, the authorities of the island failed to return.

But still most of the values and art objects were preserved, and finally in 1990 in the Church of the Archangel Michael created the Museum with one of the richest collections of icons in Cyprus. Some of them were written in the early eighteenth century, the majority date from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. So, among them there is an icon of St. Luke and the famous icon of the beheading of John the forerunner (the Baptist). In addition, you can also see several rare editions of the Bible.

This beautiful collection will help you learn more about the history and art of Cyprus, to plunge into the amazing atmosphere of past eras.