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The museum is in the grounds of the Archbishop’s Palace and has the island’s oldest icons and other church art, some of it early survivals from the iconoclast purges. In recent years a number of items from the north have found their way here. In 2013, 174 icons and other Byzantine treasures that had been discovered in a raid on a Turkish antique dealer in Munich were sent to the museum. Other items from this diaspora include four 6th-century mosaics from the apse of the church of Panaya Kanakaria and 7th-century frescoes from Antiphonitis Monastery. These were uncovered when an attempt was made to sell them to the Getty Museum, while 13th-14th century frescoes from the church of St. Euphemianos just southwest of the village of Lysi near Famagusta, resurfaced when their provenance was detected by the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas, where they were restored and put on display until they could be returned, in 2011.
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