The start-up of conservation works on the Holy Cross Church in Karpashia, a village in the north, was announced by the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage, the European Commission and the United Nations Development on Monday.
Karpashia church is one of three Maronite religious heritage sites selected by the technical committee to benefit from conservation interventions within the EU funded and UNDP implemented programme ‘Support to Monuments of Great Importance for the communities of Cyprus’.
Conservation works will include a general cleaning of the church, replacement of metal gutters and downpipes, removal of existing plaster and repainting of stonewalls surfaces, repair of the stone belfry, replacing of damaged stones and conservation of frescoes.
Two other Maronite monuments have benefited from similar interventions. Works have been completed at the Old Saint George Church in Kormakitis which was built in the 16th century and was the main church of the Maronite community until the early 20th century when the new Saint George cathedral was built. Currently works are ongoing at the church of Ayia Marina.
The Holy Cross renovations are expected to be completed by the end of August at a cost of €34,700, an amount fully funded by the EU.
Since 2010 the United Nations Development Programme Partnership for the Future has assisted the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage to preserve Cyprus’ cultural heritage.
The programme ‘Support to cultural heritage monuments of great importance for Cyprus’ aims to support the reconciliation process by increasing trust between the two communities through the implementation of confidence building measures agreed by the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage.
More specifically, the project’s objective is the preservation of Cypriot cultural heritage by supporting conservation and emergency measures for high importance cultural heritage sites as agreed by the bi-communal Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage in Cyprus.
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