Archbishop Makarios Cultural Centre
Cultural Places, Nicosia
The centre, founded by the late Archbishop Makarios holds the largest and most valuable collection of icons in Cyprus. One hundred and fifty exhibits span twelve centuries from the 800s to the last century. The collection is fascinating, not just for its beauty and religious significance but also for the way the icons display the changing forms of the art over the centuries. Notable examples are Elijah being fed by ravens and Mary holding the dead body of Christ. The museum also holds the 6th century mosaics stolen from the Panayia Kankaria church in the Turkish occupied north but returned following a lengthy court battle. You can sometimes visi9t the Archbishop’s Palace where in the Archbishop’s bedroom, the heart of Makarios is stored.