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Two Cypriot post-byzantine icons were traced at Dusseldorf of Germany in November 2011, which were stolen from the occupied churches of Cyprus after the Turkish invasion of 1974.  The first one is an icon of Christ (75x53.5) dated back in the 18th century. The manner of painting is attributed to saint Iraklidios’ school (Politico village - Nicosia). The Christ is in a deep green background, in a face to face position and is blessing with his right hand while at the same time with his left one is holding a Gospel on which is written the passage « Come to me all ones tiring and being loaded down...»

          The second icon is of Saint John the Chrysostom (50x33) and is dated back in the 19th century. It is attributed to a student of the famous Cretan hagiographer Ioannis Kornaros. Saint John is in gold fond, standing face to face, dressed with a complete archpriest stole and a mitre, while he is blessing with his right hand and on his left hand is holding a closed Gospel.

          The two icons were traced by the Synodical Committee of Monuments and Art of the Church of Cyprus. The director of the Synodical Committee, Bishop Porfyrios of Neapolis, travelled on the 11th of January 2012 to the town of Dusseldorf and received the two icons. It is also important to mention that in the same German town two other post-byzantine icons, of Saint Paul and Saint Jacob, were traced last April and were repossessed. 

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