Archbishop unveils hidden Cyprus treasures
A new exhibition featuring a number of stolen Cypriot treasures and antiques is to open at the Makarios Foundation museum in Nicosia.
Church relics that have been repatriated after being stolen by Turkish antiquities dealer Aydin Dikmen, are among the items on display at the exhibition, which opens next Monday.
“The relics are already on display and on January 19 we will have an event at the Makarios Foundation and will hold the opening of this exhibition of our stolen treasures,” said Archbishop of the Church of Cyprus Chrysostomos II at a press conference yesterday.
Asked if there were any developments on the issue of the relics in the custody of the German police, the Archbishop said “a proposal has been presented to us and we are discussing it.:
The relics were recovered when Dikmen, a Turkish art dealer, was arrested in 1998 for trying to sell Eastern Orthodox art that had been looted from Cyprus during the 1974 invasion.
They were taken to Bavarian National Museum for safekeeping before being returned to Cyprus
Archbishop Chrysostomos pointed out that the Republic of Cyprus has won the court case, but Dikmen had appealed the court decision.
For more information on the stolen treasures exhibition, visit: http://www.makariosfoundation.org.cy, or call: 22430008