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Renovations completed at Deneia mosque

The Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage, the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme on Wednesday announced the completion of conservation works to the mosque of Deneia/Denya.

A ceremony will be held on Friday at 10.30am in the mosque’s courtyard to mark the successful completion of the project, it said.

Deneia/Denya Mosque was the first site from a list of 40 selected by the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage, to benefit from emergency measures in 2012. Following the completion of emergency measures in April 2013, upon request of the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage further works were implemented to provide the mosque with a roof, hence ensuring a longer-term preservation of the monument as well as its possible reuse.

The interventions carried out for this monument comprised emergency measures to protect, restore and preserve the stonework and architectural features in their present state (stabilization of the ruin) and upgrading of the surrounding area (fencing and landscaping of the site). The mihrab paintings were restored by a conservationist and placed back in their original location. The stone masonry and walls were reinforced and enhanced; structural damage repaired; window frames were consolidated and restored. A completely new roof was built according to the original measurements. Signage was erected with references to the history and architecture of the monument.

“Like many other Cyprus villages, Deneia/Denya, which is situated near the buffer zone, has great history to present of a rich life by both communities. The main goal of our conservation project was to preserve the Mosque of course, but also create a place that enhances the historical, architectural and cultural significance of the monument, as well as the important position it holds in the collective memory of the people of the two communities,” said a joint statement from Takis Hadjidemetriou and Ali Tuncay, the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot respectively who head the committee.

The project was implemented by the United Nations Development Programme Partnership for the Future (UNDP-PFF) and cost approx. €123,667 including works, design, supervision and additional works to the roof. It was fully funded by the European Union.

More information on on-going projects of the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage can be found here:

http://www.cy.undp.org/content/cyprus/en/home/operations/projects/partnershipforthefuture/support-to-culturalheritage-monuments-of-great-importance-for-c.html

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