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The Greek Orthodox Church of Ayia (Santa) Anastasia in occupied Lapithos. Photo taken BEFORE 1974 barbaric Turkish invasion. Click on photo to enlarge.
The Church and the Elementary School have been transformed by barbarian Turks into a Hotel!!!

The Greek Orthodox churh of Ayias (Santa) Anastasias is in the yard of the Second Greek Elementary school in the parish of Ayias (Santa) Anastasias in Lapithos CYPRUS, today. The photo on the right shows the school with no windows, while the left photo shows the school with entire the roof missing, no windows or doors, and everything is looted. The Greek Orthodox Church of Ayia (Santa) Anastasia is also looted like all 6 Churches in Lapithos, and all Greek Orthodox Chapels, and Monasteries.

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The Greek Orthodox churh of Ayias (Santa) Anastasias is in the yard of the Second Greek Elementary school in the parish of Ayias (Santa) Anastasias, in now occupied Lapithos. Photo taken BEFORE the 1974 Barbaric Turkish invasion against CYPRUS. You can see the original condition of the school.

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All Greek Orthodox cemeteries in Lapithos have been destroyed by barbarian Turks. Not even the dead can spare from the wrath and hate of barbarian Turkish extremists. Turkish militants have been looting and destroying EVERYTHING Greek from the Occupied areas of Cyprus in an effort to change the demographics of occupied areas of Cyprus and claim that this ancient Greek land, is turkish!!!

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Turkish-Cypriot newspapers AFRIKA and YENIDUZEN (30.05.02) report that the Greek cemetery in the occupied village of Lapithos has been destroyed with the permission of the occupation regime.
Under the banner front-page title "Disrespect", YENIDUZEN writes that the cemetery "has been leveled to the ground".
AFRIKA refers to the issue both in its front page and in its inside pages and publishes also four pictures where the broken crosses, the stones of the cemetery and a ruined church are seen.
The paper writes that the person, who is responsible for the ruin says that he did this with the permission of the so-called "Ministry of Foreign Affairs". The above-mentioned person is Turgay Cager who sometime ago bought land next to the cemetery and began to build a house. With time he saw that the cemetery "was not a good view", writes AFRIKA and on 28 November 2001 he made an application to the so-called "Ministry" to permit him to "clean" the cemetery and the church, which is inside it. The "Ministry" gave him a
positive answer on 2 January 2002.

Κ) Δήμος Λαπήθου - Σύληση Εκκλησίας Αγίου Μάμα


ΛΕΥΚΩΣΙΑ,Κύπρος,30/05/2002 (ΚΥΠΕ)

Ο Δήμαρχος Λαπήθου Αθως Ελευθερίου καταγγέλει με αποτροπιασμό τη νέα "προκλητική και απαράδεκτη σύληση" που έγινε στο νεκροταφείο και την εκκλησία του Αγίου Μάμα στη Λάπηθο και καλεί τα Ηνωμένα Εθνη και την Ευρωπαική Ενωση "όπως έστω και τώρα ενεργήσουν άμεσα προς το κατοχικό καθεστώς για να σταματήσει η σύληση των θρησκευτικών μας μνημείων και της πολιτιστικής μας κληρονομιάς". Σε ανακοίνωση του κ. Ελευθερίου αναφέρει πως η ενέργεια του ψευδοδημοτικού συμβουλίου της κατεχόμενης Λαπήθου, να καταστρέψει το νεκροταφείο, για να ανοικοδομήσει την έπαυλη του, είναι καταδικαστέα και θα καταγγελθεί σε όλα τα αρμόδια όργανα των Ηνωμένων Εθνών και της Ευρωπαϊκής Ενωσης. "Με παρόμοιο τρόπο ενήργησαν για το νεκροταφείο της Αϊρκώτισσας, με την εκκλησία της Αγίας Αναστασίας, την οποία μετέτρεψαν σε ξενοδοχείο και τη λεηλασία όλων των εκκλησιών μας", προστίθεται στην ανακοίνωση.

The interior of the Greek Orthodox Churh of Apostle Loukas in Lapithos. The Church is looted, all icons are STOLEN, sold in foreign markets, OR destroyed, the floors are removed, and the whole condition of the church is terrible. ALL SIX Churches of Lapithos have been looted and desicrated by Turkish barbarians.

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The intersection of Φιλελλήνων and Ελλάδος  streets (1990). Lapithos today is inhabited by 2,000-2,500 people, either Turkish Cypriots from Paphos, or illegal settlers from Turkey. The roards are in bad condition although they were fixed a little bit recently.

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