The Byzantine Fresco Chapel was opened in February 1997. Intimate in scale (4,000 square feet), the Chapel is the repository in the United States for the only intact Byzantine frescoes in the entire western hemisphere. These masterworks from the 13th century — a dome and an apse — were ripped and stolen out of a chapel near Lysi in the Turkish occupied section of Cyprus in the 1980’s, cut into pieces, and smuggled off the island by thieves prepared to sell them piece by piece.
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