In 2010, a cooperation between the Diocese of Constantia-Ammochostos and the Freie Universität Berlin was initiated by Bishop Basilios. 
The aim of this project is to research the history of the monastery of Ayia Napa and to set up a museum in the rooms of the monument. 
In the meantime, the project has grown into an international cooperation in which the University of Venice and the University of Budapest are also involved. Cypriot experts and the Cyprus Research Institute are also involved in the project. Excavations are currently taking place on the site of the former monastery under the direction of the Department of Antiquities.


is an Associate Professor in Ancient History at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. He has been a stipendiary Visiting Scholar at the Universities of London, Harvard, Princeton, Sydney, and Oxford. His research focuses on the uses of the past, on writing as a medium for communicating structured messages and ideas, on the notion of forgery, and on the history of classical scholarship. He has written extensively on the intellectual and material relationship of Venice with the classical past, focusing in particular on the overseas territories of the Venetian maritime empire (Dalmatia, Greece, Cyprus).


read Byzantine Studies, Classical Archaeology, and Political Science at the Freie Universität Berlin and the National and Kapodistrian University in Athens. He received his PhD in 2017 at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz which was published as a monograph under the title Zwischen Glaube und Geld: Zur Ökonomie des byzantinischen Pilgerwesens (4.-12. Jh.) in 2019. Intermediately, he was engaged at a DFG project focusing on the administration of Byzantine ports (seventh-eleventh centuries) under the supervision of Prof. J. Pahlitzsch at Mainz university. Furthermore, he is part of a long-term Turkish excavation project in Pompeiopolis (Paphlagonia, Turkey), where his field of study is the Late Antique and Dark Age developments of this city and its wider region. Currently – since the end of 2018 – he is working in a new collaborative DFG project supervised by Prof. M. Horster (JGU Mainz) and Prof. G. Brands (MLU Halle) which aims at a comprehensive digital commentary, a new English translation and accompanying studies on Procopius’ Buildings. More info at: https://www.instag.geschichte.uni-mainz.de/max-ritter-m-a


Max’ engagement with the Ayia Napa project started in 2010 and his focus is the written record of the compound during the course of its history. Moreover, he is working with the icon exhibition.