Support to cultural heritage monuments of great importance for Cyprus – Phase 3

What is the project about

 Support to cultural heritage monuments of great importance for Cyprus – Phase 3

Since 2010 the United Nations Development Programme Partnership for the Future has assisted the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage to preserve Cyprus’ cultural heritage.

The programme “Support to cultural heritage monuments of great importance for Cyprus (Phase 1, 2 and 3)” aims to support the reconciliation process by increasing trust between the two communities through the implementation of confidence building measures agreed by the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage.
More specifically, the project’s objective is the preservation of Cypriot cultural heritage by supporting conservation and emergency measures for high importance cultural heritage sites as agreed by the bi-communal Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage in Cyprus.

The list of Cultural Heritage sites which are the focus of this project has been selected by the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage based on the following criteria:

  • Providing emergency support and/or conserving the sites given the state of deterioration and the urgency of the intervention;
  • Ensuring the protection and safety of the visiting public;
  • Promoting and applying a bi-communal approach in the selection and protection activities for the cultural heritage sites;

Our role:
In strong partnership with the European Commission in Cyprus, UNDP-PFF supports the development of the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage's capacity to conduct inclusive consultations on technical and strategic aspects of their work, including facilitation of consultation with religious leaders from both communities, technical departments and local media.

UNDP-PFF liaises with donors and with both sides' technical departments and local authorities, directly implementing and administering the Committee's conservation works and visibility efforts, hence creating a favorable environment for cultural heritage on both sides of the island to be considered in a non-political manner.

UNDP-PFF also works to encourage and ensure a direct involvement of the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage in each stage of the project cycle through joint monitoring visits, weekly meetings with the Advisory Board of the Technical Committee. The direct involvement of technical teams from both communities (architects, archaeologists, engineers etc.) act, in time, as team- and confidence-building measure allowing for increased exchange of experiences and the setting of a positive example of successful collaboration between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots.

What we have accomplished so far

The following cultural heritage sites are envisaged to benefit from Conservation/Emergency Measures works under Phase 3 of the project:

With 16 conservation/emergency measures projects already completed during Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the programme, ensuring sustainability and maintenance of the works done became imperative in Phase 3 of the programme.

To address this need a “Economic Value and Sustainability Study” was carried out in 2016. The Case Study focused on the Famagusta area, where a significant investment has been made by the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage, thanks to the support of the European Union, to preserve the Walled City cultural heritage (Othello Tower, City Walls, Ravelin Land Gate and Martinengo Bastion and cluster of churches). The results of this Study will be used by the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage to develop its future strategy for Famagusta.

Small Project Activities
Small project activities (SPA) focus on grass-roots, low cost interventions on monuments requiring simple, small-scale works capable of producing early results. Practical restoration works such as these aim to ensure that the local communities feel a stronger attachment to the monuments and are directly involved in their maintenance and conservation.
The following Small Project Activities will be implemented under this phase of the programme:

  • Agia Paraskevi church in Stroggylos/Turunçlu
  • Panagia Akentou church in Lefka/Lefke 
  • Hamam in Tuzla (Old Larnaca) 
  • Mosque in Tuzla (Old Larnaca) 


Who finances it?

Donor Funding
European Union 1,400,000 EUR

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