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Byzantine Museum in the Episcopal Palace

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The Byzantine Museum, located in the upper Paphos in the building of the Episcopal Palace near the Church of St. Theodore, was created at the initiative of Bishop Chrysostomos. Initially, the Museum was allocated the building Pilavakis - it was there, in the period from 1983 to 1989 and was exposed to the main collection. Later the exhibition was transferred to the East wing of the Palace that the Museum is still in use.

The main attention is paid vast collection of icons, of which the exhibition presents more than a hundred. In the possession of the Museum is the most ancient "portable" icon of Cyprus - the icon of Saint Marina where she is depicted in the form of Oranta, and around the Holy face written scenes of her martyrdom. Although the exact date of writing of the icon is not known, scientists believe that it relates to the VII or VIII century, when Cyprus was under the Arab yoke.

Most of the icons in the collection are written in the traditional Byzantine manner in the period from XII to XIX century, some of them are done in the spirit of the Italian Renaissance XV-XVI century. In later icons, you can see elements of Baroque and Rococo.

Besides icons in the Museum are also fragments of wall paintings that were found in the ruins and the ruins of the old churches and temples, such as the Church of St. Theodore in Blasphemy and the Church of the monastery has been destroyed Chrysoloma.

There you can also see wood and metal, which unfortunately represented a very small number, however, are striking in their beauty. Most are fragments of carved wooden iconostasis, which also once housed in the now non-existing churches.