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“If you like icons, this is the place to be!”

Archbishop Makarios III Foundation - Byzantine Museum and Art Galleries
Ranked #17 of 257 things to do in Nicosia
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Falmouth, Cape Cod
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“If you like icons, this is the place to be!”
Reviewed 31 May 2013

I like icons, always did. And even more so since the vagaries of life turned me into a Greek Melkite Catholic. Spending a month a year in Greece for the last 15 years didn't hurt, either. This introduction only serves to explain that we understand and enjoy icons. This collection contains only great icons, beautifully presented. Most churches in Greek Cyprus just have a few good icons, and the surviving ones in Turkish Cyprus only contain junk, all the good stuff having been looted and whisked away to Switzerland or the US. So this museum is a treat. We visited with a group and skipped the art galleries, and I have no idea what we missed there. But we were delighted with the icons! The bad news: no photos, and they watch you.

Visited April 2013
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Nicosia, Cyprus
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“WORTHWHILE COLLECTION”
Reviewed 24 May 2013

Archbishop Makarios III Foundation - Byzantine Museum and Art Galleries, located at the centre of old town of Nicosia, in the Archbishopric yard, next to St. Ioannis cathedral, that is worthwhile to visit and opposite Pancypian Gymnasium and Severios Library.
The artworks dated 15th - 19th century, were collected from Archbishop Makarios III, in 1963.
Byzantine Museum is fantastic,very rare and has wonderful icons from various churches, some of these were in the Turkish occupied area,were sold by smugglers of antiquities,but at least are returned.There is a fee to pay, but is worthwhite !

Visited April 2013
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greece
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“An impressive cultural centre...”
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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“Fascinating collection”
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”
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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