The Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage, the European Commission and the United Nations Development Programme on Monday announced the signing of a contract for conservation works contract for Archangelos Michael Church.
The works to the church, which is in Lefkoniko in the north of the island, will last eight months and cost around €390,000, fully funded by the European Union.
With this project the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage aims at consolidating and stabilising the church to the maximum extent possible, in order to bring the building back to its original state, it said.
The church will undergo a major structural consolidation. Inside the church, frescoes and the carved woodworks of the gynaikonitis will be stabilised and preserved by a specialised conservator.
Externally, the portico roof will be reconstructed and the old school building consolidated and protected. The yard and the perimeter wall will be upgraded and improved.
Other conservation works will include: cleaning of dressed stones surfaces, pointing, removal of repointing and new stone carving as well as removal and reconstruction of the existing roof, doors and windows.
Since 2012 approximately €8.1 Million of European Union funds have been provided by the European Commission to implement the priorities of the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage for the preservation of the island-wide cultural heritage in Cyprus.
The European Union has also recently allocated further €3.6 million, making it the biggest supporter of the work of the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage in Cyprus.