15th century wall paintings, Arch. Michael Antifonitis Monastery, Kalogreaα
The Church of Cyprus welcomes and expresses its great pleasure for the decision of the District Court (Court of Appeal) in Munich on Monday, March 18, 2013. With the final decision the Court of Appeal, attaches for return to the Church of Cyprus, as well as to the Maronite the majority of our ecclesiastical treasures being held by the Bavarian police in Munich since October 1997 after seizing them from apartments of the Turkish smuggler of antiquities A. Dikmen. For a given number of byzantine and prehistoric artifacts the Court of Appeal requested additional investigation.
The Church hopes that the investigations for the remaining treasures is completed as soon as possible and thus allow for their repatriation. The treasures: mosaics of the 6th century byzantine frescoes of the 12th, 14th and 15th century, byzantine and post-byzantine icons, manuscripts and other prehistoric antiquities have been removed from at least fifty monuments in the areas of our semi-occupied country by Turkish troops.
The Church would like to express its sincere thanks to the authorities of the Republic of Cyprus and all those who contributed in their own way to the successful outcome of this sixteen-year struggle.
Sanctuary doors, 17th cent., Holy Monastery of Virgin Mary, Kantara
Announcement of the Representation of the Church of Cyprus to the European Institutions
Monday, March 18, 2013