lundi 11 juillet 2011

Cyprus: The Statue of Archbishop Makarios III too ugly!

Mikhail Khristodoúlou Mouskos alias Makarios III (1913-1977), primate of the Orthodox Church of Cyprus and the first president of the island from 1959 to 1977 called "ethnarch (head of nation)" is considered the hero of the independence.
In 1987, a giant statue in the heart of Nicosia's old town has been dedicated.
The Archbishop of Nova Justina and All Cyprus, His Beatitude Chrysostomos II (68 years) who considered too huge and too ugly with its 10 meters high and 12 tonnes decided to "relocate" from his grave in Troodos Mountains, 80 kilometers southwest of the capital.
For critics who had dubbed "Big Mac", it evoked the glory days of the Stalin era.
Makarios III a more modest white marble statue of a size of the most famous political figure of the island, was built two months later next to the giant sculpture.
The island of Cyprus (9.251 km2), with a population of 1,3 million people en 2006, mostly Greek with a Turkish minority is now divided by the "green line" called "Attila Line" controlled by the UN since 1974, similar to the "Berlin Wall" with checkpoints Nicosia crossing between the "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (265,100 inhabitants)" and "Republic of Cyprus, inhabited by 602,656 people," mostly Greek.

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