Contract signed for conservation works at Agios Panteleimonas Monastery

Oct 9, 2015

Agios Panteleimonas Monastery before conservation works.

Nicosia, 09/10/2015 – The Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage, the European Commission and the United Nations Development Programme Partnership for the Future are pleased to announce the startup of the conservation works to Agios Panteleimonas Monastery.

The contract for the conservation works has been signed by UNDP on 9 October 2015 with the selected contractor. The works are expected to last 11 months and shall be completed by end of summer 2016. The total cost of the project is of approx. 726,000 Euro, fully funded by the European Union.

In 2014 surveys, investigations and project designs were conducted by a selected consulting firm. Based on the surveys and investigations results, this phase of the project will focus on the conservation of the Church, removal of dangerous collapsed portions and consolidation of the monastic buildings as well as rain water management of the site and upgrading of the courtyard.

A media site visit to the Monastery will be organized soon at the startup of the works.

More information on on-going projects of the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage can be found here: http://www.cy.undp.org/content/cyprus/en/home/operations/projects/partnershipforthefuture/support-to-cultural-heritage-monuments-of-great-importance-for-c.html

 

 

For more information please contact UNDP-PFF at:

Mail: media.pff.cy@undp.org / Tel. +357 22874733 or +90 392 2200027, Twitter: @undp_pff.

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The Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage
The Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage, established by the decision of the two Leaders, works in line and within the mutually agreed framework for the preservation of the island’s common heritage. The Committee upholds and promotes the view that the protection of cultural heritage is an integral part of the ongoing process of broadening the area of cooperation and confidence building between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, which can only be achieved through joint efforts. Through its work the Committee aims to achieve the best possible results for the stability, survival, cultural and social value and protection of selected Monuments. For this purpose the Committee set up the Advisory Board to act as its executive body to pursue actions for the actual implementation of designs for selected monuments, including research, study, survey and conservation. This framework allows for the practical aspects of preservation to be considered in a non-political manner so that practical measures can be taken to improve the situation on the ground.

United Nations Development Programme – Partnership for the Future (UNDP-PFF)
The Agreement on the establishment of the Advisory Board for the Preservation, Physical Protection and Restoration of the Immovable Cultural Heritage of Cyprus recognizes a special role to UNDP in Cyprus as a politically accepted implementation body by both communities. For this reason, UNDP-PFF was requested by the European Commission to become the lead coordinator under which the project would be implemented fostering dialogue, cooperation and confidence building between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots.

European Union
Since 2012 approximately €6.7. million of European Union funds have been provided by the European Commission to implement the priorities of the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage for the preservation of the island-wide cultural heritage in Cyprus. The European Union has also recently allocated another €1.4 million for a new project cycle, making it the biggest supporter of the work of the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage in Cyprus.