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Evretou Mosque conservation project completed

An event to mark the completion of restoration of the Evretou Mosque was held on Sunday, hosted by  the bicommunal Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage, the European Commission and the United Nations Development Programme Partnership for the Future (UNDP-PFF).

Dozens of  former Turkish Cypriots residents of the Paphos village were among those who attended the event.
In statements, the Greek Cypriot member of the Technical Committee Takis Hadjidemetriou said Evretou was chosen because “it is a village with a history and tradition, with a contribution to the agriculture and the economy of the region and with beautiful buildings. Its abandonment created feelings of melancholy and sorrow and that is why we want to revive hope.”
Hadjidemetriou said the conservation works for the Kato Paphos Baths would be completed soon.

Replying to a question, he said that restoration work on the Apostolos Andreas Monastery in the Karpas was  going very well. The first phase of the work, estimated at €2,220,000 is estimated to be completed by April 2016, he added.
On his part the Turkish Cypriot member of the Technical Committee Ali Tuncay said he hoped the Evretou schoo would also be restored.
Referring to the works at the mosque, he expressed his said it was an important step that the Committee was able to conserve the religious monument after 40 years.

Conservation works focused on cleaning of the site including removal of vegetation, excavations for natural drainage and prevention of further erosion of the external wall, repairs to windows, and the entire reconstruction of the roof.
The project also included repairs to internal and external walls, strengthening of the structure with metal rods, restoration of stonework, rebuilding and sealing of joints, flooring and painting of the internal wooden roof.
The cost of the project was of approx. €82,000 (including works, designs and supervision costs), fully funded by the EU.

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