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Byzantine Museum and art Gallery

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The Byzantine Museum which is located in Nicosia, has, perhaps, one of the richest collections of objects of art belonging to the Byzantine era. It was created under the patronage of the Foundation of Archbishop Makarios III. For visitors to the Museum first opened its doors on 18 January 1982 - the opening ceremony was held by Archbishop Chrysostomos I, and the then President of the Republic of Cyprus Spyros Cipriano. At that time, all the treasures of the institutions were located only in one room. However, after six years, the area occupied by the Museum was greatly expanded as its collection. Greatly it has been enriched with objects illegally exported outside the country after the capture of Turkey's power in the North of the island, which was subsequently returned to the Republic.

In the Museum there are about 230 icons painted in the period from IX to XIX century, old books, religious items and vestments of Orthodox clergy. All of these items are placed in three halls in the premises of the Cultural centre of the Foundation.

Special attention should be paid to the Museum of icons, which were created in the XII century, because the period of time considered the "Golden age" of Byzantine iconography. In addition, the real star of the collection is a fragment of the mosaic of the VI century, which was originally located in the Church of Panagia of Kanakaria in the village Lithrankomi, and then she, like many other valuable works of art was illegally sold abroad, but eventually returned to Cyprus. In addition, in the Museum you can see fragments of frescoes of the XV century from the Church of Christ Antifonitis.

Art Gallery presents paintings by European artists of the period from the 16th century to 19th century, mostly on religious themes.