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Switzerland grants €91,000 to restore Cypriot cultural treasures

The Swiss government has announced a grant worth 100,000 Francs (around €91,000) to help restore Cypriot cultural treasures.

According to an official press release issued by the Swiss Embassy in Nicosia, these funds will allow the Byzantine Museum of the Archbishop Makarios III Foundation to restore precious antique icons, frescoes, and mosaics.

The treasures have been found abroad and repatriated after they were stolen from churches in the Turkish occupied northern part of Cyprus.

The project aims at preserving them until they could be displayed again at their original places.

According to the press release, this support is part of the close cooperation between Switzerland and Cyprus in the field of culture.

Other major elements are an Agreement on the repatriation of antiquities dating from prehistoric times to 1500 AD that entered into force on 15 February 2014, and a project to digitise and document movable cultural goods stemming from the Northern part of Cyprus.

For this project, Switzerland had supported the Department of Antiquities with an amount of CHF 100.000 (€91,000) in 2013.

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