Monastery of Stavrovouni, 20th c. (© Press and Information Office)
Monastery of Stavrovouni, 20th c. (© Press and Information Office)

The Exhibition

The exhibition titled Paths to the Cross is presented by the “Saint Epiphanios” Cultural Academy and the Holy Bishopric of Constantia and Ammochostos, within the framework of the VI International Conference on the Hagiography of Cyprus they are organising between 1-4 May 2022, examining the theme “The veneration of the Holy Cross in Cyprus”.

The temporary exhibition in its physical form is held at the church of Agia Anna in Paralimni, from the 27th of March until the 21st of May 2022.

The exhibition has the written travel accounts of the Russian monk Vasilij Gregorovich
Barskij (Basil Grigorovitch Barsky) as a focal point. With an interactive map, the visitor follows Barskij’s path to places, monasteries and churches linked to the Holy Cross, which he visited during his travels through Cyprus in the 18th century. Barskij’s travel accounts are complemented by other historical narratives and research reports, with supplementary visual materials.

The HISTORIES section presents published historical sources containing references to the Holy Cross in Cyprus.

In a separate section, titled FAMAGUSTA, aspects of the veneration of the Holy Cross in the occupied Famagusta district are presented.

The chosen exhibits will also be shown on the website, in the section EXHIBITS, after the end of the physical exhibition (21 May 2022). Detailed descriptions of exhibits from the Diocese of Constantia and Ammochostos are provided in a separate printed book, titled Paths to the Cross. Catalogue of Exhibits (Agia Napa 2022). Objects found in Cyprus are presented in the exhibition, each having a specific use, coming from various locations, and dating from different periods. Each object unfolds the thread of its path and narrates its own story.

Thanks for the loan of exhibits and the providing of supplementary materials are due to the Holy Bishopric of Paphos, the ecclesiastical committee of the Monastery of the Holy Cross of Omodos, the Archbishop Makarios III Foundation – Cultural Center and the Byzantine Museum, the Kykkos Monastery Museum, the Cyprus Department of Antiquities. Thanks for the permission of use and materials provided are due to the Holy Bishopric of Kition, the Holy Bishopric of Limassol, the Holy Bishopric of Morphou, the Holy Bishopric of Kykkos and Tylliria, the Holy Bishopric of Tremythous, the Holy Monastery of Stavrovouni, the Holy Monastery of Saint Neophytos, the Press and Information Office, the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation, The Cyprus Institute.

Concept – Exhibition curation – Website content curation: Dr Christina Kakkoura for the © “Saint Epiphanios” Cultural Academy.