The Imprisoned Monuments and the Tomb of Makedonitissa were visited, on Monday, one day after his enthronement, by the Archbishop of Cyprus George.
During his visit to the Imprisoned Monuments, the Archbishop was guided around the cell areas and in the place where the hangings of the EOKA fighters took place. The Primate of the Church of Cyprus performed the trisagion and laid a wreath.
In his statements after the end of his visit to the Imprisoned Monuments, Archbishop George of Cyprus said that “I considered it my duty, on the first day after my enthronement on the historic throne of the Apostle Barnabas, to come to pay tribute to these heroes of ours, who represent all the heroes of our liberation struggle, who with their sacrifice gave us the right to speak freely today and above all to fight to complete the freedom they secured for us”. “May their memory be eternal” , he added.
When asked if the procedures for his succession in the Diocese of Paphos have begun, the Archbishop of Cyprus said that “I think the space does not allow such matters. Our emotion is great”.
Next, His Beatitude visited the Tomb of Makedonitissa, and wrote in the visitor's book: “The History of our Nation can be described with two words, “Struggles and Memories”. We are proud of our race's struggles for the defense of universal values. We are also obliged to justify the sacrifices and monuments of those who fell defending our homeland. Let their memory be eternal”.