Emergency conservation work has been completed on the Church of Ayios Nicolaos in Syrianochori (Yayla) in the north, the bi-communal Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage said on Tuesday.
Also involved in the work were the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme. A ceremony is to be held on Wednesday in the churchyard to mark the completion of the project.
The project, which cost €129,060 including works and design and was fully funded by the European Union under Phase 2 of the “Support to cultural heritage monuments of great importance for Cyprus” project implemented by the United Nations Development Programme Partnership for the Future (UNDP-PFF).
“It is with particular joy and emotion that we receive today the Church of Ayios Nicolaos. This occasion maintains inside us the hope of a better future of peace, cooperation and mutual understanding for all Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots,” said a joint statement from the two sides’ representatives on the technical committee, Takis Hadjidemetriou and Ali Tuncay.
“Today we stand in front of an old Church which only thanks to our common commitment is today still visible to our eyes and reopening its doors to visitors. Dialogue is the basis this success. And we wish to acknowledge and thank for their support and encouragement all our colleagues within the
Technical Committee, the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme”.
The project started in January 2014 and was completed in July 2014. Emergency and consolidation measures included removal of debris and vegetation from the building and inside the yard, consolidation of cracks on the church’s apses and dome, repair of the roof as well as of internal and outer walls, the vault and the decorative cornice, which were in danger of collapsing.
It was also possible to preserve one of the original door leafs at the west entrance while the missing leafs of the other doors and windows were replaced. The bell tower was also repaired together with the wooden staircase and slab of the gynekonitis. The iconostasis and furniture were cleaned and repaired and placed back in their original location.