Conservation works at the mosques of Ayios Nicolaos and Ayios Ioannis in the Paphos district were presented on Thursday, by the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage, the European Commission and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Ayios Nicolaos mosque is situated in the centre of the village of Ayios Nicolaos, 47km from Paphos, and next to the village school. According to an announcement from the Technical Committee, the mosque in Ayios Nicolaos forms part of the so-called “Paphos Cluster”.
Conservation works on the mosque and minaret started in March 2017 and were completed in November. The project was fully funded by the European Union. Total cost of works was approximately €87,000.
Ayios Ioannis mosque is situated in the centre of the village of Ayios Ioannis, 43km east of Paphos. It is a rectangular shaped building and replaces a previous mosque. The mihrab is still preserved, as well as a simple wooden minbar. Conservation works started in March 2017 and were completed in September. The project was fully funded by the European Union. Total cost of works was approximately €82,000.
Glafcos Constantinides, member of the Technical Committee in his speech said that he was very proud that the project is completed and the mosques have been restored. He said that the mosques were part of a common cultural heritage.
Brief speeches were also given by Tiziana Zennaro of the UNDP-PFF Programme and a Representative of the European Commission. Zennaro said that many more heritage sites of Cyprus awaited preservation.
Since 2012 approximately €14.7 million has been provided by the European Union through the Aid Programme for the Turkish Cypriot community to implement the priorities of the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage. The EU is the largest contributor to the work of the Technical Committee.