By George Psyllides
The bicommunal committee on cultural heritage and the United Nations announced on Tuesday the signing of the contract for phase one of the restoration of the historic Greek Orthodox monastery of Apostolos Andreas.
“Today, with the signing of the contract … we feel that we are sending a strong message, inside and outside Cyprus, that the spirit of cooperation for the preservation of cultural heritage is strong and productive,” a joint statement by Takis Hadjidemetriou and Ali Tuncay said.
Phase one of the project will last 22 months and will include the full, structural and architectural, restoration of the main church complex and adjacent buildings.
“Today marks the beginning of a new phase in our joint efforts for restoration this important monument for Cyprus, thanks to the constant dialogue and cooperation of all involved parties,” said Tiziana Zennaro, UNDP-PFF.
The project is funded by the Church of Cyprus and the Evkaf Administration through two contribution agreements worth €2.5 million each. USAID also contributed $25,000.
Located on the island’s easternmost tip, on the Karpas peninsula, the monastery is in urgent need of repair and it had taken years to reach an agreement on its restoration.