Agios Nicolaos Church: a new achievement of the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage

Oct 15, 2014

Church of Agios Nicolaos after conservation. UNDP Photo, October 2014

Nicosia, 14/10/2014 – The Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage, the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme are pleased to announce the completion of emergency measures and conservation works to the Church of Agios Nicolaos in Syrianochori/Siryanohoro/Yayla. A ceremony to mark the completion of the project will be held on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at 4:30pm in the churchyard.
The project, which cost approx. 129,060.00€ (including works and design) was fully funded by the European Union under Phase 2 of the “Support to cultural heritage monuments of great importance for Cyprus” project implemented by the United Nations Development Programme Partnership for the Future (UNDP-PFF) playing a major role in the realization of the Technical Committee’s work programme.
It is with particular joy and emotion that we receive today the Church of Agios Nicolaos. This occasion maintains inside us the hope of a better future of peace, cooperation and mutual understanding for all Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots.
Today we stand in front of an old Church which only thanks to our common commitment is today still visible to our eyes and reopening its doors to visitors. When we look at photos of how this Church looked just a couple of years ago, when the Technical Assessment was conducted, we shall all be proud of what we have accomplished. Dialogue is the basis this success. And we wish to acknowledge and thank for their support and encouragement all our colleagues within the Technical Committee, the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme
.” – Ali Tuncay and Takis Hadjidemetriou, Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage.
The project started in January 2014 and was completed in July 2014.

Emergency and consolidation measures were very comprehensive and included: removal of debris and vegetation from the building and inside the yard, consolidation of cracks on the Church’s apses and dome, repairmen of the roof of the original scuppers as well as of internal and outer walls, vault and decorative cornice, which were in danger of collapsing. It was possible to preserve one of the original door leaf at the west entrance while the missing leafs of the other doors and windows were renewed. The bell tower was also repaired together with the wooden staircase and slab of the gynekonitis. Iconostasis and furniture were cleaned/repaired and placed back to their original location.

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