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Review of Archbishop Makarios III Foundation - Byzantine Museum and Art Galleries

Archbishop Makarios III Foundation - Byzantine Museum and Art Galleries
Ranked #17 of 252 things to do in Nicosia
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greece
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52 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“An impressive cultural centre...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2012

Here you can find works of art from Cyprus, Greece and the rest of Europe dating from the 9th to 19th century.There is special emphasis to the paintings based on the Greek Revolution against Othoman Empire of 1821, the Cypriot Liberty Struggle against British Empire of1955-59.There is a section for artworks saved by churches that have been vandalised in the occupied areas.There are also artworks by contemporary Greeks and Cyprots artists...

Visited November 2012
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Massachusetts
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179 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Fascinating collection”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2012

It is within an easy 10-minute walk of the hotel, but bring a map as there are many turns. The collection is based on Cyprus Icons and the oldest one we saw was from 1150.

Visited September 2012
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Valencia, Spain
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“Icons icons icons”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2012

The first impression of the Makarios complex is that it is pristine. Not a single stone is untidy. Everything is just perfect. The Archbishopric is next door. I think it is closed to the public but you can see the two limousines used by Makarios in a glass box near the entrance to the Byzantine Museum. Don't miss the exquisite church by the entrance. Fierce reminders not to take pictures are there presumably to protect the postcard trade: no flash is OK but no photos is not acceptable.
The Box Office (small charge. I think it was EUR4) is tucked away to one side. The musuem itself is a bonanza if you like icons. Hundreds of them. Of course they do not look the same but you have to look hard. Slowly you can see stylistics trends, materials development. Relatively rcent icons.. 17th century onwards. Was that an El Greco? No but somehow but there are signs. The general impression however is of little change; a stasis of conservative imagination. In one corner there are mosaics and frescos from churches in the occupied Turkish-Cypriot areas. Recovered thanks to the German Police in the 1990s.
After visiting the complex wander over the mosque not too far away (can't find it on tripadvisor). EU and UNESCO funds are restoring it as they have the delightful hamman building opposite the mosque (Europa Nostra award for restoration). Good to see these international funds restoring the heritage of Nicosia. Wander towards the barrier with Turkish-occupied Cyprus and see the decrepit run down buildings approaching decay and dereliction. The Orthodox Church is a major landowner.

Visited September 2012
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Seattle
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129 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Beautiful Building”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2012

It was great to visit a lovely piece of history and learn about the foundation and also just read about their history. If you are that far , go visit its worth it.

Visited July 2011
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italy/belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“a splendid collection of icones”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2012

Do not miss this wonderful museum. It has a fantastic collection of icones, some dating back to the 10th and 11th century. Icones are sometimes changed as they have an even wider collection available and not all could always be on display.

Visited June 2012
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