500-Year-Old Icon Looted from Divided Cyprus Repatriated

The icon belongs to the 12th-century Christ Antiphonitis Church, which is near the northern coastal town of Kyrenia.

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A looted 500 year-old Orthodox icon of the Enthroned Christ is seen at the Byzantine Museum after being returned, in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, on Tuesday, July 12, 2022. A 500 year-old Orthodox icon of the Enthroned Christ that was looted from a 12th century church in the breakaway north of ethnically divided Cyprus was repatriated after the end of a years-long legal journey from Zurich, Switzerland. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
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NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A 500-year-old Orthodox icon that was looted from a church in the breakaway north of ethnically divided Cyprus has been returned to the island. The icon of the Enthroned Christ, which Cyprus’ Antiquities Department dates to around the end of the 15th century to the early 16th century, was presented at a ceremony Tuesday to the head of the island’s Orthodox Church, Archbishop Chrysostomos. The icon belongs to the 12th-century Christ…

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