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The Church. The Church of Christ Antiphonitis (Christ who Responds) is located near the village of Kalogrea, in the Kyrenia district, in Cyprus. The church was part of a monastery dating tentatively to the 12th century. It is the only example of an ecclesiastic building in the octagonal ‘insular’ style with a dome that has survived in good conditions.
The Turkish invasion in 1974 and the consequent occupation of the northern part of Cyprus, have negatively affected its cultural heritage. More than 580 churches, including the Church of Christ Antiphonitis, were looted, vandalised and damaged. Icons, vessels, frescoes and mosaics ended up on the black market for antiquities.
Why the Frescos from the Church of Christ Antiphonitis? 72 fragments of the frescos of the north and the south walls, representing the Last Judjment and the Tree of Jesse respectively, were recently returned to Cyprus after their identification in various collections around the globe and international court decisions. Currently the fragments are under conservation and restoration (physical reassembly) at the Department of Antiquities, and will be exhibited at the Byzantine Museum in Nicosia, Cyprus. Due to the political situation it is impossible to bring the frescos back to their original location in the church and thus a virtual reassembly was performed. The re-assembled frescos and their ortho-photos constitute an ideal benchmark dataset for the 2D re-assembly algorithms based on colour and pattern.