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Emergency measures for two historical mosques

The Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage has announced the start of two new emergency measures projects to the mosques of Evretou/Evretu and  Tserkezoi/Çerkez.

Both projects are fully funded by the European Union under Phase 2 of the ‘Support to cultural heritage monuments is of great importance for Cyprus’ project implemented by the United Nations Development Programme Partnership for the Future (UNDP-PFF) playing a major role in the realisation of the Technical Committee’s work programme.

“These two mosques follow the conservation project to Denia/Denya mosque which was the first project of the Technical Committee completed in 2013. Within the Technical Committee, respecting diversity of cultural heritage is at the heart of the cooperation between the two communities. The cultural heritage is not just about stones and buildings. They also carry  values from the past that are important for the future,” said Ali Tuncay a Turkish Cypriot member of the technical committee.

Emergency measures works will start next week in Evretou/Evretu and will be completed by mid-November 2014. Works  at the mosque in Tserkezoi/Çerkez will follow.

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“The first half of 2014 proved very fruitful for the work of the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage and we are pleased  to resume our work from where we had left it. These two new emergency measures projects show once again, our firm  commitment to preserve the diversity of our cultural, historical and religious heritage,” said Greek Cypriot member Takis Hadjidemetriou.

Emergency measures to the mosque in Evretou/Evretu will involve  clearing/cleaning the mosque and surrounds, removal  of collapsed parts, strengthening of walls and floors, installing doors and windows, constructing roof of the collapsed section and some masonry works. In Tserkezoi/Çerkez, only two of the original walls of the mosque have survived and will be consolidated, but existing traces of collapsed walls will be brought to light, defined and consolidated, the announcement said.

For more information please contact UNDP-PFF at:

Mail: [email protected] / Tel. +357 22874733 or +90 392 2200027, Twitter: @undp_pff.

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