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Menil

Byzantine Fresco Chapel

The Byzantine Fresco Chapel is currently off view to the public.

Please visit our other art buildings. We apologize for any inconvenience.

In the 1980s, two 13th-century frescoes that had been stolen from a church in Lysi, Cyprus, and broken into fragments were put up for sale. After establishing that the Holy Archbishopric of Cyprus was the rightful owner, the Menil Foundation purchased the frescoes on the church’s behalf and financed their restoration. In return, the Archbishopric agreed to an extended loan, and in 1997 the Byzantine Fresco Chapel, designed by architect Francois de Menil, opened. The frescoes returned to Cyprus in 2012. The chapel has since housed long-term art installations.

Video of the de-installation of the Lysi frescoes March 5–7, 2012

Photographer and editor: Adam Baker

Music: “All Roads Lead to Salzburg (BBC Session)” by Mice Parade from the album All Roads Lead to Salzburg, courtesy of Fat Cat Records