UNDP signs contract for conservation of Martinengo Bastion and Famagusta Walls (Arsenal to Sea Gate)

Jul 26, 2016

The Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage, the European Commission and the United Nations Development Programme are pleased to announce the start-up of conservation works to the Martinengo Bastion and the city side of the Venetian walls between Arsenal and Sea Gate in Famagusta.

Following the conservation of the Othello Tower/Citadel last year, Martinengo Bastion and the city-side portion of the Walls between Arsenal and Sea Gate are two of six new projects that, thanks to EU and UNDP support, the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage is planning to carry out in Famagusta Walled City in the near future. The other projects are conservation works to: Ravelin, St. Mary Church of Armenians, St Mary Church of Carmel (Carmelite), St. Anne Church of Maronites, and the Mescit of Tabakhane/Tanner’s Mosque (Jacobite Church).

Works are fully funded by the European Union and implemented by UNDP.

"The walled city of Famagusta is at the crossroads of three continents. Famagusta is the easternmost city of Europe and thewestern most city of Asia. It is the city of empires, meeting and melting pot of many civilizations, cultures and religions. As the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage, we believe that Famagusta can again become a unique center of multiculturalism, cooperation and peace for all. With this in mind, as the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage, we will continue to do our utmost for the protection of cultural heritage monuments in Famagusta.” Ali Tuncay and Takis Hadjidemetriou, Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage.

Background – Martinengo Bastion

Within the framework of the EU funded and UNDP implemented “Support to cultural heritage monuments of great importance for Cyprus” project, a study “Survey, Investigations, Assessment and Project Design” was carried out between April and January 2015.  The aim of the Study, was first to identify the critical problems, research and understand the monument and then create the designs for conserving and stabilizing the monument, protecting the elements that are at most risk while observing internationally recognised conservation standards, creating a safe environment for the reuse of the monument, ensuring access to persons with disabilities and creating drainage system to take water away from the bastion.

Works are fully funded by the European Union and shall be completed within 9 months.

Estimated budget approx: 605,000 EUR

Background – Venetian Walls between Arsenal and Sea Gate (city side)

Within the framework of the EU funded and UNDP implemented “Support to cultural heritage monuments of great importance for Cyprus” project, a study “Survey, Investigations, Assessment and Project Design” was carried out between April and August 2014. This resulted in a Condition Assessment & Report for both the city and port side of the walls between the Othello Tower and the Arsenal. The aim of the Study, was first to identify the critical problems, research and understand the monument and then create the designs for stabilizing  the monument and protecting the elements that are at most risk while observing internationally recognised conservation standards.

Works will focus only on the city side of the walls between Arsenal and Sea Gate, are fully funded by the European Union and shall be completed within 7 months.

Estimated budget approx: 518,000 EUR.

Contact information

For more information please contact UNDP at:

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