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The Armenian Church of Famagusta and the Complexity of Cypriot Heritage

Prayers Long Silent

  • Michael J.K. Walsh

Part of the Mediterranean Perspectives book series (MEPERS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Interpretation and Analysis

  3. Conservation, Education, and Diagnostics

  4. Complexity and Heritage: Future Research Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 325-325

About this book


This book explores seven centuries of changing fortunes for Cyprus through the Famagusta region and examines the Eastern Mediterranean world through the lens of the Armenian Church as a ‘constant’. An examination of the society through art, architecture, archives, and ‘hard sciences’ escorts the reader from the era of the crusades, through the rise and fall of empires, to the political stasis of the present day. From the wealth and influence of the French Lusignans, via the artistry and military ingenuity of Venetian renaissance, followed by the silence of three centuries of Ottoman rule then incorporation into British Empire, the book examines seven centuries of change in the Eastern Mediterranean and on the island of Cyprus. Recently, as late as the 1970s, the Armenian Church even became home for displaced villagers during the inter-ethnic problems that plagued the post-independence era and led in turn to the Turkish intervention of 1974, after which it became a military storage facility and eventually fell into abandonment. Through an analysis of this society, this book represents a first history into the Armenian community from the 14th century to present and a probing analysis into the art and architecture it left behind.


Church in Cypricot Religion and culture in the Mediterranean World Armenian heritage history of Famagusta inter-ethnic problems of post-independence Cypricot

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael J.K. Walsh
    • 1
  1. 1.Nanyang Technological UniversitySingapore

About the editors

Michael J. K. Walsh, who led this project, has edited and co-edited several books on Famagusta, including Medieval and Renaissance Famagusta (2012), Crusader to Venetian Famagusta (2014) and City of Empires: Ottoman and British Famagusta (2015). He is Associate Professor of Art History in the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Armenian Church of Famagusta and the Complexity of Cypriot Heritage
  • Book Subtitle Prayers Long Silent
  • Editors Michael J.K. Walsh
  • Series Title Mediterranean Perspectives
  • Series Abbreviated Title Mediterranean Perspectives
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-48501-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-83956-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-48502-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXIII, 369
  • Number of Illustrations 27 b/w illustrations, 41 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Cultural History
    History of Religion
    European History
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