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Byzantine Museum Metropolis Paphos

Paphos - Museums- Archaeology

Byzantine Museum at paphos is one of the most important Byzantine Museum on the world, take the opportunity to visit the museum when you are in Cyprus

Paphos Byzantine Museum has an intresting collection of religious works, icons and carvings dating from the 12th to 18th centuries.
Behind the museum is the courtyard of the Bishopric with arched cloisters and a modern church in the center still in use every saturday and sunday.
You will impressed by the collection of this Byzantine Museum.

Byzantine Museum

The Byzantine Museum of Chruch was initiated by the Bishop of Paphos reverent Mr. Chrysostom and the active help of the Abbot Chrysorroiatissis Mr. Dionysios.
Originally housed in the residence Pilavakis Street March 25 between 1983 and 1989. Since then housed in the Metropolis building, adjacent to the Metropolitan Building on the streets of Paphos St. Theodore and Andrew John.

Byzantine paphos Museum

The purpose of establishing the Museum is to preserve, protect, promote and exploit scientific priceless treasures of Byzantine art were kataspartoise almost all parishes of the Metropolis of Paphos. The exposure to a single museum gives visitors the opportunity to learn easily the Byzantine heritage of Paphos and has a role to play in education.

paphos Byzantine Museum

The biggest and most remarkable collection of the Museum is that of the icons which are more than a hundred. The Museum houses the so far oldest known portable icon preserved in Cyprus. It is the icon of Saint Marina in the orans position, flanked by scenes of her martyrdom. The origin of this icon goes back to the period of iconoclastic quarrels when Cyprus suffered under the Arab condominium and it can be dated to the 7th or 8th century.

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Wall paintings come from ruined churches. Their conservation in the Museum of the Bishopric was judged necessary so that these murals would not stay exposed to harmful climatic conditions on the walls of unroofed churches. The principal collection of such murals is dated to around 1100 and comes from the ruins of the Byzantine church of Saint Theodoros at Choulou. Another fragment of a wall painting of an unidentified saint comes from the church of the disappeared monastery of Chrysolakourna near Steni and dates to the 16th century.

paphos the Byzantine Museum

The examples of woodcarving exhibited in the Museum are not numerous. They are basically fragments of iconostases such as Sanctuary Doors, Crucifixions and Lypitera from the 14th to the 18th century, as well as one proskynitarion of the 19th century.

The museum possesses a remarkable collection of ecclesiastical metal art works which cover a chronological and artistic spectrum of four centuries (17th - 20th).


The collection of sacerdotal vestments and ecclesiastical embroideries is exhibited in the East wing of the Museum. It contains mainly gold embroidered vestments of the 18th and 19th centuries (phelonion [chasuble] ), sakkos (dalmatique), epigonatia (subcingula), epimanikia (maniples), epitrachilia (stoles), omophoron and the cloak of Bishop Gennadios (1953 - 1973), the embroidered pieces of which go back to the 18th century. The pieces of gold embroidery include a large 19th century epitaph (Deposition).

The collection of manuscripts covers with a few exhibits the chronological period from 1462 until the 19th century. It comprises a Gospel of 1462, a Hymnologium of the 15th centure.
Adjoining the Bishopric
(next to Ag. Theodoros Church),
5 Andrea Ioannou Str., Pafos
Tel: +357 26 93 13 93
Entrance fee: € 2

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