Symbol of Cultural Diversity and Unity Restored In NicosiaMar 31, 2014
Cypriots celebrated their cultural and religious diversity during an event which marked the completed restoration of the with the completion of Armenian Church and Monastery complex in Nicosia.
Hosted by the US Ambassador in Cyprus, John M. Koenig, on 17 March 2014 the event acknowledged the achievements of the UNDP-ACTs funded project to restore one of Cyprus’ most significant cultural heritage sites.
The scholarly rediscovery and conservation of the extraordinary 14th c. building and its environs was one of UNDP-ACT’s flagship cultural heritage projects which aimed to renew the physical and cultural landscapes of Cyprus. Between 2006 and 2013, architects, engineers, planners and crafts people restored the site to international standards, ensuring that it is preserved for future generations. The project promoted and facilitated the active participation of organizations from the island’s different communities and brought Armenian Cypriots, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots together with international experts.
UNDP – ACT’s Programme Manager, Christopher Louise said, “the site with an architectural record of over 700 years is evidence of the island’s rich and multicultural past. As important, it is now a restored symbol of Cyprus’ future where religion, culture and education can contribute to reconciliation.”
The event was attended by distinguished guests including religious leaders and the diplomatic community who also enjoyed an evening of live music performed by Cypriot classical musicians.