Evretou/Evretu Mosque conservation project completed

Mar 2, 2015

Evretu/Evretu Mosque project completion ceremony, 1 March 2015, UNDP-PFF Photo

Nicosia, 02/03/2015 – A project completion ceremony was held on Sunday 1st March 2015 to mark the completion of conservation works to the Mosque in Evretou/Evretu. The event was organized by the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage, the European Commission and the United Nations Development Programme Partnership for the Future (UNDP-PFF).  Around 100 Turkish Cypriots – former residents of the village - attended the event.

Being here today with us, you give us the message that wherever you or we are, we are all deeply rooted in our land” – said Takis Hadjidemetriou, speaking on behalf of the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage and welcoming the former residents to the ceremony.

For Ali Tuncay, Turkish Cypriot representative of the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage, yesterday’s event was a particularly emotional moment: "I hope, our work and cooperation for the protection of cultural heritage of Cyprus will widen and cover other areas for the benefit of the Turkish Cypriots and the Greek Cypriots” he said, joining Mr. Takis Hadjidemetriou invitation to “work not for the Cyprus of the past, which we lost, but for the Cyprus of tomorrow”.

Tiziana Zennaro, Programme Manager of the United Nations Development Programme Partnership for the Future (UNDP-PFF) noted that “Every completion ceremony that we celebrate, we see more and more former residents of the village where the monument is located, whether Greek Cypriots or Turkish Cypriots, choosing to participate”. Thanks to this high participation, she added, “a cultural heritage conservation project becomes a personal and collective journey of experience and reconciliation. And because of this, the size of the project loses its importance. A small-in-size project like Evretou/Evretu Mosque is not less important than Apostolos Andreas Monastery or the Othello Tower in Famagusta”.

Alessandra Viezzer from the European Commission said that Evretou/Evretu Mosque is a symbol of how joint efforts can change reality. “I am convinced that the only way forward for Cyprus is peace and reconciliation. That is the ultimate goal of the European Commission and, to that goal, we dedicate all our efforts to support the work of the bi-communal Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage” she added.

The Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage, the European Commission and UNDP-PFF wish to express their deep appreciation to all those who joined the event, and are looking forward to welcoming many more at the next project completion ceremony which will take place at the Paphos Hammam and Tserkezoi/Ҫerkez Mosque on 18 March 2015.

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Project Background
Evretou/Evretu Mosque was built at the beginning of the XX century on the main road of a small village located in the Paphos district, was selected as part of the priority intervention emergency projects of the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage.
Conservation works focused on cleaning of the site including removal of vegetation, excavation for the purposes of natural drainage and prevention of further erosion of the external stonewall, repair to windows and the entire reconstruction of the roof. The project also included repairs to internal and external walls, strengthening of structure with metal rods, restoration of stonework, rebuilding and sealing of joints, flooring and painting of the internal wooden roof.
The cost of the project was of approx. 82000 Euros (including works, designs and supervision costs), fully funded by the European Union.

More information on the work of the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage can be found on the 2015 brochure downloadable here: http://www.cy.undp.org/content/dam/cyprus/docs/PFF%20Publications/TTCCH%202015%20Brochure%20FINAL%20PRINTED.pdf

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