The Cyprus Institute

Agia Solomoni

The small arch covered church of Ayia Solomoni is built on a low hill to the east of the village of Koma tou Yialou in the Karpas. The church dates from the 8th century and was originally decorated throughout with frescoes. Unfortunately, its long abandonment and disrepair, had resulted in the destruction of most of the murals. The frescoes of the church of Ayia Solomoni are unique in Cyprus and can be dated to the 9th century. Unfortunately, these murals have been removed after the 1974 events and smuggled abroad to be sold on the black market.

Apostolos Andreas Monastery

The Monastery of Apostle Andreas is situated on a rocky beach in the easternmost point of the Karpas peninsula. It was built in 1867 with the initiative of priest Ioannes and inaugurated by Archbishop Sophronios I. The monastery was built in the spot where, during his first missionary journey, Apostle Andreas needed to disembark his ship and miraculously exposed a natural water source.

Agios Spyridon

AGIOS SPYRIDON, one of the last traditional fishing vessels (‘τράτες’) of Cyprus, has been out of water for many years, on the beach next to the small harbor of Latsi, Polis Chrysochous. Built on Crete in 1950, it belongs to the type of boat termed Karavοskaro. Very commonly used as fishing trawlers, only a limited number of karavoskara exists in the Aegean, nowadays; AGIOS SPYRIDON is one of the few among them that are longer than 18-22m. Considering all these points, the vessel should be listed as a monument of nautical heritage, which needs to be protected.

Antigonou Street House

During restoration works realized in a private house in Nicosia, archaeological remains have been discovered in the basement of the building. The archaeological excavation, conducted by the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus, unveiled two rooms featuring walls foundations, niches and pits. The house insists in an area where a monastery was presumably built.

Saint Francis

During   planned   road   works   carried   out   by   the   Larnaca Sewerage and Drainage Board in the area surrounding the religious complex of the Catholic Church, known today as Terra Santa but officially dedicated to Saint Mary of Graces, and its adjacent convent, archaeological remains and linear structures were discovered.

Agia Marina Church

The church of Agia Marina is located in the eastern edge of Cyprus, Derynia, (Famagusta district) situated within the Buffer Zone controlled by the United Nations peacekeeping forces.

Since the creation of the buffer zone in 1964 and its extension in 1974, the area and the church itself is inaccessible to the general public without a proper permit issued by the UN.

Antiphonitis Church

The octagonal domed church of the Christ Antiphonitis in the district of Kyrenia (Cyprus) was originally completely decorated with frescoes along its interior walls. Two of these are exceptional for their artistic and historic value: the story of the Tree of Jesse (a pictorial genealogy of the Virgin) located on the southern wall of the octagon, and the Last Judgment, on the northern wall.

Givati Parking lot (Hanyon Givati)

The Givati Parking lot (Hanyon Givati) is a large archaeological site located in the City of David neighbourhood in Jerusalem.

The excavation started in 2007 when, during the construction of a new parking lot adjacent the Dung Gate of Jerusalem, monumental evidences appeared. Since then, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) is conducting an extensive rescue campaign to uncover and document all structures and finds.