Agia Solomoni Church

Agia Solomoni Church
Famagusta, Cyprus
Build Environment
5.30m x 3.20m x 7.60m
9th century

The small arch covered church of Agia 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. Thanks to the efforts of the Cypriot authorities, fragments of the frescos of Ayia Solomoni have been repatriated and are on display at the Byzantine Museum of Nicosia.

In accordance with the policies of the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus, and in collaboration with the Byzantine Museum of Nicosia, an internal and external 3D documentation of the church was performed by the Science and Technology in Archaeology and Culture Research Centre of the Cyprus Institute. The digital data will be used for the virtual repositioning of the looted frescos and for the musealization project at the Byzantine Museum of Nicosia, funded by the Swiss government.

Creator :
The Cyprus Institute
Digital Technique:
Input Format:
Raw Image files
Output Format:
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon 600D camera
Model Resolution:
~ 0.50mm
Survey Date:

The Cyprus Institute, Department of Antiquities of Cyprus
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The Cyprus Institute, Department of Antiquities of Cyprus