NICOSIA, Cyprus – The communications minister of Cyprus says a rare 6th-century portrait of St. Marks of the Orthodox Church.
Minister Vassiliki Anastassiadou said the mosaic arrived in Cyprus on Sunday. Embassy in the Netherlands.
The mosaic depicting a youthful St. Mark was introduced into the Greek and Turkish sides in 1974.
A mosaic of St. Andrew from the same church was repatriated in April.
They are among a handful of works that survived a period during the 8th and 9th centuries when many Orthodox icons were destroyed.