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“Museum doesn't really want you there”

Archbishop Makarios III Foundation - Byzantine Museum and Art Galleries
Ranked #17 of 270 things to do in Nicosia
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Reviewed March 25, 2014

It was only open for restricted hours. VERY difficult to locate, as no one in Nicosia seemed to know where this was, and I asked dozens of people. Very expensive entry fees, and strict rules on photography. Much of the gallery was closed off anyways, once I managed to find it. No free brochure, like most other museums provide. Overall, not a visitor friendly place, and I visit a lot of museums.

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Reviewed February 16, 2014

Tucked away in a corner of the old town, but well worth a visit - a large and comprehensive collection of icons and religious paintings from all over Cyprus well-lit and presented. Also an interesting sidelight on the theft of icons, not only by invading Turks but by venal UN officials as well!

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Reviewed December 11, 2013

It cost four euros to visit the art galleries that make part of the museum. Part of the site are not open to the public as they are government buildings. There is a small church in the grounds that was worth visiting but you cannot take pictures and we were quickly followed in to ensure this. The galleries are amazing if like myself, you are into icons. They had a recent shipment that had been found in Munich. The treasures were removed and sold after the 1974 troubles on the island. There was a video showing how churches in the North of Cyprus had their icons removed, even from solid walls. It was sad watching it, but there was a war on, and things like that happened all over the world. No photos were allowed of the icons. Some were in pieces.
The museum is named after the Archbishop Makarios the third and the last time I visited there was a huge metal statue of him, it has now been moved to his grave!
Interesting and definitely worth the visit if you are in the area.

Thank Angela H
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

The buildings are huge, especially in respect to the typical size oh houses in Nicosia in the old town as well the new part of the town. We visited the Byzantine Museum and actually we were not impressed. The concept was to exhibit religious pictures from the Byzantine era. If this is of interest for you, you may enjoy it, but we were not that much. There are 3 or 4 large rooms within the museum and you can get around easily. It is not large and maybe 30 minutes are more than enough if you do not follow a personal guide.

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Reviewed May 31, 2013

I like icons, always did. And even more so since the vagaries of life turned me into a Greek Melkite Catholic. Spending a month a year in Greece for the last 15 years didn't hurt, either. This introduction only serves to explain that we understand and enjoy icons. This collection contains only great icons, beautifully presented. Most churches in Greek Cyprus just have a few good icons, and the surviving ones in Turkish Cyprus only contain junk, all the good stuff having been looted and whisked away to Switzerland or the US. So this museum is a treat. We visited with a group and skipped the art galleries, and I have no idea what we missed there. But we were delighted with the icons! The bad news: no photos, and they watch you.

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