Byzantine Art

Head of Apollo, marble

Painting in the dome of Virgin of Arakas.

Cyprus is a treasure house of Byzantine religious art, and the period 1100–1200 is its golden age. The foundation of important monasteries drew many artists from Constantinople. The walls of Cyprus's churches and monasteries glow with their work.

Through succeeding centuries and even under the rule of the Ottoman Empire (1570–1878), Byzantine art was not lost on Cyprus. On the contrary, brilliant new works of art were produced, continually enriched with new influences and techniques.