Turkish Cyrpiot decision to charge fee to St Andreas Monastery has backfired

The recent decision to impose an entrance fee to the monastery of St. Andreas in Karpasia has not only enraged the Greek Cypriots but also the Turkish Cypriots residents of the area. After the imposition of the entrance fee, Greek Cypriots have stopped visiting, and visits to the monastery have been removed from destinations in tourist packages after being suggested by the Church of Cyprus and the Republic of Cyprus. Apparently this has caused a lot of anger to the shop and restaurant owners of the area who have lost the “chicken that lays golden eggs”. In the meantime the Republican Turkish Party is organising a protest at the area of the monastery against the imposition of the ticket.