During the thousands of years of its history there has never been a radical discontinuity in the cultural identity of its population, and its heritage has been enriched around a common cultural theme. The July 20, 1974 invasion by Turkey of Northern part of Cyprus has a consequence extensive destruction: works of art, symbols of worship, deeds and gestures that have repeated themselves for thousands of years, everything that constitutes the culture and heritage of Cyprus have become and still are objects for demolition - they are being destroyed, pillages, wiped out. The philosophers of ancient Greece have abandoned the school books, ancient Greek scripts etc. every witness to one of the oldest civilization of Cyprus is fading away in the Northern part. No wonder that one Turkish friend once told me that Greece never existed before the independence war of 1822: Byzantium’s were not Greeks according him. A correction: The language of the Byzantium’s was ancient Greek and their religion Orthodox Greek. And before that they were called Hellenic.
Tuesday the US Helsinki Commission held a briefing about CYPRUS’ RELIGIOUS CULTURAL HERITAGE IN PERIL. You can see more details here and here.