Two new heritage conservation projects completedMar 19, 2015
Both projects were funded by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme Partnership for the Future (UNDP-PFF).
Speaking on behalf of the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage Ali Tuncay said: "Each monument restored by the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage stands as a symbol of respect for the culture which originated it and confirms that they have equal value.” Takis Hadjidemtriou added: “We are here to reiterate that, through respect and restoration of our cultural heritage, we build the future of our country”.
The Paphos Hamam and Tserkezoi/Cerkez mosque were two of three projects (Evretou/Evretu Mosque) completed by the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage in the Paphos region in March 2015.
“The fact that today, for the first time, we celebrate two completions events in one single day, is in itself another success,” said Alessandra Viezzer from the European Commision. “We are visiting today two very different monuments that provide a sample of the rich and varied Cultural Heritage in Cyprus.”
Paphos has been identified by the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage as a new region for heritage conservation projects under the upcoming new phases of the EU funded and UNDP implemented “Support to cultural heritage monuments of great importance for Cyprus” project.
Design preparation for new sites in the Paphos region (the Hasan Aga Bath and the Minaret of the Grand Mosque in Paphos, and three small mosques and an Ottoman watermill in the broader Paphos area) were announced by UNDP Programme Manager Tiziana Zennaro who also added: “Heritage conservation projects in this region, where encounters amongst the two communities are not as frequent as in Nicosia, are even more important because they allow to pass a message of mutual respect and shared responsibility towards a common heritage”.
Conservation works to the Paphos Hamam included the restoration of the stonework, interior floor’s cleaning, repairs to the external and internal surfaces of the domes, including general waterproofing, and display of the south-west corner excavation’ findings . The total cost of the project was approx. 54,000 EURO fully funded by the European Union. More information on the Paphos Hamam conservation project can be found here: http://www.cy.undp.org/content/dam/cyprus/docs/PFF%20Projects/Paphos%20Hamam%20project%20sheet.pdf
Emergency Measures were instead carried out for the Mosque in Tserkezoi/Cerkez where the project was aimed to stabilize the monument to avoid further collapses. More information on Tserkezoi/Cerkez emergency measures can be found here: http://www.cy.undp.org/content/dam/cyprus/docs/PFF%20Projects/Tserkezoi%20Cerkez%20Mosque%20project%20sheet.pdf
New heritage conservation projects, like the Agios Afksetios Church in Komi Kebir/Buyukkonuk and the Othello Tower in Famagusta will be completed soon.