News Local Technical Committee visits Kyrenia castle and examines storage of Orthodox icons

Technical Committee visits Kyrenia castle and examines storage of Orthodox icons

Members of the bicommunal Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage visited on Friday the castle in Turkish occupied Kyrenia to look into the conditions in which Greek Orthodox icons and other religious artefacts are stored there, after the Turkish invasion of the island in 1974.

Greek Cypriot Head of the Technical Committee, Takis Hadjidemetriou, told the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) that the icons and other artefacts are generally in good condition, adding however that a climate-control system needs to be installed, as the temperature and humidity affect them.

Hadjidemetriou said that the Committee will address the issue as a priority and will look into it during its meeting on Thursday, noting that they will have to secure funding for the installation of a climate-control system.

“The icons and artefacts we saw are in good condition,” he said, noting however that a system which will control the temperature and humidity needs to be installed.

Asked if the icons will need to be conserved, Hadjidemetriou said that they will be examined at a later stage one by one.

However, he noted that they were not able to see all the icons and artefacts today, adding that icons are stored in other places in the occupied areas of Cyprus as well.

As regards the possibility for the icons and religious artefacts to be returned to the Orthodox Church of Cyprus, Hadjidemetriou said that this issue is not part of the Committee’s mandate.

Responding to another question, he noted that many of the icons are not very old, and that he estimates that their number is close to 2000.

The 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus and the subsequent occupation of the island’s northern part, have taken a heavy toll on its cultural heritage.

According to the Department of Antiquities, 197 ancient monuments in the occupied part of the island were registered prior to 1974, based on the Cyprus Antiquities Law. The registration process was left incomplete for hundreds of other monuments and archaeological sites due to the Turkish invasion.

Museums in occupied Cyprus have been looted, ecclesiastical icons, frescoes and mosaics have been removed from churches and in many cases have been traced in Europe’s illegal antiquities trade markets and in auctions around the world.

(Cyprus News Agency)

Top Stories

‘A part of history’: calm prevails at protests in Washington and other cities

  Tens of thousands of demonstrators amassed in Washington and other U.S. cities on Saturday demanding an end to racism and brutality by law enforcement,...

Fine and sunny, temperatures of 38 C inland

  It will be another fine, sunny day today with temperatures slightly higher than yesterday as weak low pressure and a warm air mass affect...

Britain’s Banksy depicts U.S. flag on fire in Floyd tribute

  Reclusive British street artist Banksy published a new artwork online on Saturday which depicts the United States flag being set alight by a candle...

What U.S. police are shooting at protesters

  Police across the United States are using a variety of weapons on protesters during demonstrations against the death of an unarmed black man in...

Cyprus, Greece working together to promote tourism, says Perdios

  Cyprus Deputy Minister of Tourism, Savvas Perdios, underlined that Cyprus and Greece send the message that they have successfully  contained the COVID-19 pandemic, to...


Poulles (Υoung kolokassi)

Either you thrash the coriander seeds in a mortar, without making them into dust, or you gradually crush them in a blender. Remove the edges...

Pork cooked in wine

Crush the coriander seeds in a pestle and mortar or pulse-blend in a blender, taking care not to over-grind. Put the meat in bowl (not...

Lefkaritikos tavas – O ‘protinos’

Wash and dry the meat and rice separately. In a ‘tava’ (oven proof deep clay pot) first put a layer of five-six pieces of meat...

Local cuisine: An introduction

Rich in fresh ingredients and tasty herbs, offers the very best of Mediterranean culinary delights. Head out to a tavern and feast on a...