Stolen St. Nicolaos Icon Found in German Gallery

Stolen St. Nicolaos Icon Found in German Gallery

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An icon of St. Nicolaos, stolen eight years ago from the Goudovasdas Monastery in St. Paraskevi, in Kalomira, and the Kalambaka area of Greece, has been found in a gallery in Germany, officials said.

The icon is said to be unique and of great archeological value. It dates from 1779 and was stolen from the shrine inside the monastery together with other icons in the summer of 2004. The list of Holy icons stolen wa compiled by the Holy Metropolis of Stagoi and Meteora and the 19th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities.

Interpol spotted the icon which is expected to be given to the Byzantine Museum in Athens and then sent back to St. Paraskevi Holy Monastery.