New contracts signed for heritage conservation designs in Paphos and Karpasia/Karpaz regions

Nov 25, 2015

Nicosia, 25 November 2015 - Thanks to European Union funds the United Nations Development Programme has recently signed two new contracts for the preparation of designs for future emergency measures/heritage conservation projects of the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage in the broader Paphos and Karpasia/Karpaz regions.

In Paphos region new designs are being prepared for the  Hamam/Bath (near Hasan Aga tomb) and  the Minaret of the Ebubekir mosque as well as for the two mosques in Agios Nikolaos/Aynikola and in Agios Ioannis/Ayyanni.

In the Karpasia/Karpaz region new designs are being prepared for: Afendrika archaeological site, (including Agios Georgios church, Asomatos church & Panagia church), Agia Triada basilica and baptistery and Agios Philon archeological site.

This new group of designs brings to 12 the number of cultural heritage sites currently under design (in Paphos, Karpasia/Karpaz and Famagusta regions) upon selection by the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage within Phase 3 of the EU funded and UNDP implemented “Support to Cultural Heritage Sites of Great Importance for the Communities of Cyprus” project.

For each site, bi-communal teams of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots architects and engineers will prepare the following:

  • Releve (measured drawings), research, investigation and condition assessment including its surroundings;
  • A concise in-depth historical background including a bibliography;
  • Conservation proposal for discussions with relevant stakeholders;
  • Project design.

Moreover the teams will be involved during the implementation of the works as advisors to the UNDP-PFF.

The philosophy of interventions is to develop a conservation project to include minimum interventions for the conservation, consolidation, protection of the structures.   Protection of mosaics and paintings will be taken into account when necessary. Works will be implemented in 2016.

The two contracts for the Paphos and Karpasia/Karpaz clusters were signed respectively on 20th and 24th November 2015 and designs shall be completed within 3 months.

For more information on past, ongoing and future projects of the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage you can consult the 2015 Brochure or subscribe to our monthly Cultural Heritage Newsletter.