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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Returned stolen artefacts on display at Byzantine Museum

Returned stolen artefacts on display at Byzantine Museum    

 A ceremony was held on Tuesday at the Byzantine Museum next to the Archbishopric in Nicosia to mark the return of 173 religious artefacts stolen from the occupied areas in the north. The items have been repatriated after a long legal battle in Germany’s Munich. 
The murals and mosaics were part of a stolen collection of Turkish looter Aydin Dikmen, found in his possession in 1997 in Munich. Most of the items had been taken from churches in the north after the 1974 Turkish invasion. The artefacts will be housed in the Byzantine Museum, some now bearing signs of damage from being removed from 51 different churches.

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