The Byzantine Museum of the Archbishop Makarios III Foundation -
Guardian of the cultural heritage of Cyprus
The Byzantine Museum of the Archbishop Makarios III Foundation which opened in 1982, is the fruit of the many years of hard efforts by the Church of Cyprus to preserve and promote the Byzantine and post-Byzantine heritage of our country. The role of the Byzantine Museum as custodian of our cultural heritage covers four axes:
First: to conserve and preserve the existing treasures, as well as those that are gradually being repatri-ated from abroad, in co-operation with the Conservation Laboratory of the Archbishopric, the Department of Antiquities, and conservation laboratories abroad.
Second: to project and promote them within the education process with a view raising awareness and informing the younger generations through educational programmes in co-operation with the Ministry of Education and Culture, and through lectures, tours, radio and television broadcasts for the broader Cypriot public and for foreign visitors to the Museum.
Third: to project the issue of the plundered treasures to corresponding museums abroad through semi-nars and exhibitions in co-operation with the Department of Antiquities and by providing information to interested parties.
Fourth: to act as an informal observatory with a view to locating plundered treasures abroad in order to report the matter and raise awareness among public opinion.