Turkey Wipes Out the Christian Culture of Occupied Cyprus

The Turks are removing all traces of the Jahiliyya, the “age of Ignorance”. That’s what they call pre-islamic times. First they remove  all remnants of the conquered culture, then they destroy the evidence of its existence. That’s the Mohammedan modus operandi throughout the ages.

by Uzay Bulut  •  November 25, 2018 at 5:30 am

  • “Turkey has been committing two major international crimes against Cyprus. It has invaded and divided a small, weak but modern and independent European state… Turkey has also changed the demographic character of the island and has devoted itself to the systematic destruction and obliteration of the cultural heritage of the areas under its military control.” — from “The Loss of a Civilization: Destruction of cultural heritage in occupied Cyprus.”
  • “More than 550 Greek Orthodox churches, chapels and monasteries located in towns and villages of the occupied areas, have been pillaged, deliberately vandalized and, in some cases, demolished. Many Christian places of worship have been converted into mosques, depots of the Turkish army, stockyards and hay barns.” — Cyprus Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • “UNESCO considers the intentional destruction of cultural heritage a war crime.” — Artnet News, 2017.
After Turkey invaded and occupied northern Cyprus, ancient mosaics were stolen from the Church of Panagia Kanakaria (pictured), which is located in the Turkish-occupied zone. The mosaics were later discovered in the United States and returned to Cyprus in 1989. (Image source: Julian Nitzsche/Wikimedia Commons)

A sixth-century mosaic of Saint Mark, stolen from a church after Turkey’s military invaded Cyprus in 1974, was recently recovered in a Monaco apartment and returned to Cypriot officials. The ancient masterpiece was described by Arthur Brand, the Dutch investigator who located it, as “one of the last and most beautiful examples of art from the early Byzantine era.”

Many other cultural Cypriot relics, from churches and other sites, were stolen from Cyprus by Turkish invaders and smuggled abroad. Some were recovered and returned in the past. In 1989, mosaics stolen from the Church of Panagia Kanakaria, discovered in the United States, were returned to Cyprus.

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5 thoughts on “Turkey Wipes Out the Christian Culture of Occupied Cyprus”

  1. “The Turks are removing all traces of the Jahiliyya, the “age of Ignorance”. That’s what they call pre-islamic times. First they remove all remnants of the conquered culture, then they destroy the evidence of its existence. That’s the Mohammedan modus operandi throughout the ages.”

    Is that not what Pakistan did when it was created in 1947.

    Especially, in Mohenjo-daro,which is an archaeological site in Pakistan. It is one of the largest settlements of the ancient Indus Valley civilization and one of the world’s earliest major cities.

    The famous writer V. S. Naipaul in his book, Among the Believers, says “The time before Islam is a time of blackness: that is part of Muslim theology. History has to serve theology.”

    Naipaul said that some Pakistani Muslims, far from valuing the nation’s renowned archaeological site at Mohenjo Daro, saw its ruins as a teaching opportunity for Islam, recommending that Qur’an 3:137 be posted there as a teaching tool.

    1. Egypt has world renown clerics who have repeatedly called for dismantling the pyramids, the graves of Luxor & whatever remains from the jahiliyya.

      1. This must be a recent islamic thing, post-Erdogan.

        When I was part of the UN forces stationed in Cyprus in the very early 1980s, the Turks were too damn lazy to do anything useful for them selves, much less something as arduous as breaking up old Greek monuments in the heat. They even slept at their guard posts during the days, and buggered each other in their Observation Posts at night. Not exactly an easily-inspired or motivated people back then.

        1. The islamic revolution happened in 1979.

          It’s almost two generations since then. Turkey in the seventies & eighties was very different from what it is now. Islam has returned with a vengeance. Jihad never went away, it was sometimes dormant, but never eliminated.

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