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 Turkey wipes out the Christian culture of occupied Cyprus

More than 550 Greek Orthodox churches, chapels & monasteries located in towns & villages of the occupied areas, have been pillaged, deliberately vandalized & demolished

“Turkey has been committing two major international crimes against Cyprus. It has invaded and divided a small, weak but modern and independent European state… Turkey has also changed the demographic character of the island and has devoted itself to the systematic destruction and obliteration of the cultural heritage of the areas under its military control.” — from “The Loss of a Civilization: Destruction of cultural heritage in occupied Cyprus.”
“More than 550 Greek Orthodox churches, chapels and monasteries located in towns and villages of the occupied areas, have been pillaged, deliberately vandalized and, in some cases, demolished. Many Christian places of worship have been converted into mosques, depots of the Turkish army, stockyards and hay barns.” — Cyprus Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“UNESCO considers the intentional destruction of cultural heritage a war crime.” — Artnet News, 2017.

A sixth-century mosaic of Saint Mark, stolen from a church after Turkey’s military invaded Cyprus in 1974, was recently recovered in a Monaco apartment and returned to Cypriot officials. The ancient masterpiece was described by Arthur Brand, the Dutch investigator who located it, as “one of the last and most beautiful examples of art from the early Byzantine era.”

Many other cultural Cypriot relics, from churches and other sites, were stolen from Cyprus by Turkish invaders and smuggled abroad. Some were recovered and returned in the past. In 1989, mosaics stolen from the Church of Panagia Kanakaria, discovered in the United States, were returned to Cyprus.

In the summer of 1974, Turkey mounted two major military campaigns against Cyprus and occupied the northern part of the island (which Turkey now calls the “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus,” recognized only by Turkey). Since the Turkish invasion, much information has emerged not only about the atrocities committed against the Cypriots, but also of the destruction of historic, cultural and religious monuments.

from: http://en.protothema.gr/turkey-wipes-out-the-christian-culture-of-occupied-cyprus/


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 Re: Turkey wipes out the Christian culture of occupied Cyprus

It seems completely unreported by the western press.


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Yes the majority of persecution of Christians are unfortunately.


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It is at times like these that I am reminded and rejoice that:

1. The kingdom of God is within us (not in buildings)
2. Our treasure is laid up in heaven, not on earth
3. the gates of hell shall not prevail against the church that Jesus Christ is building
4. At His coming these men and nations will flee in fear and cry out for the mountains to cover them and protect them from His wrath
5. The sufferings of this comparatively short life cannot be compared with the glory to come
6. Christ has gone to prepare a place for us, an everlasting place, where there will be no war, no suffering, no tears!

Praise the Lord!


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