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The Archbishop's Palace

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The famous Archbishop's Palace, located in the capital of Cyprus, Nicosia, is the religious center of the whole Orthodox part of the island. This building was built in the period from 1956 to 1960 as a residence and "the headquarters of" higher spiritual entity of Cyprus - Archbishop. It is close to the "Old Archbishop's Palace", which was created back in 1730 and originally served Benedictine monastery.

The new Palace was built in neo-Byzantine style is a beautiful three-story (if you count the basement) building, which has a rich and lush decor. It is decorated with high arches, large Windows and elaborate plasterwork. In the yard directly in front of the entrance is a statue of Archbishop Makarios III with a height of several meters.

Unfortunately the Palace is closed to tourists, but you can get there, because on its territory, and also on the ground floor of the Palace, there are: the Library of the Archbishopric, folk art Museum, and the Museum of national struggle. There are the most valuable archaeological finds, ancient books and icons, artwork, vintage jewelry and clothing - all those items that you can use so much to learn about the history of Nicosia and all Cyprus.

The main attraction of this cultural-religious complex is considered to be the Byzantine Museum, which houses one of the world's richest collections of ancient icons. In addition, there is also the Cathedral of St. John, which was established in 1662 and is famous for its beautiful frescoes.