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Twelve architects submit designs for restoration of Larnaca mosque

Photo: CNA Zhuhuri mosque

Twelve architectural firms have submitted designs for the restoration of the Zhuhuri mosque in Larnaca, Mayor Andreas Vyras said on Monday.

According to Vyras a total of 12 architectural firms responded to the invitation of the municipality and submitted architectural plans and studies for the rebuilding of the mosque and its complex.

“From the end of the competition on May 21, the evaluation of the 12 proposals was started under the chairmanship of the municipality’s architect,” he said.

“Representatives from the department of antiquities and architects from the department of urban planning and housing, the University of Cyprus, Etek and the Cyprus Architects Association are also participating.”

Vyras said the winner would be awarded €15,000 with prizes of €10,000 and €5,000 to the runners up. There would also be three commendations with a token €1,000 each.

The results of the architectural competition will be announced on June 13, when tenders for construction will be announced, he added.

The study will include the redevelopment of the yard, including the site of the former Turkish Cypriot market, maintenance and restoration of the guesthouse and buildings, and maintenance and restoration of the facades of the complex on the side of the courtyard, with the exception of the walls of the mosque. Expenditure is estimated at €2.2m excluding VAT and the budget is planned to be drawn from the European Funds.

Zouhuri mosque and the building complex, which are mainly shops, is one of the most important ancient monuments in Larnaca. It is located between the Kleanthi Kalogera, Pavlos Valsamakis and Nikolaos Rossos streets and the entire complex has been declared an ancient site by the antiquities department.

The restored area is located between the Bouyuk Mosque, which is the great mosque opposite the Medieval Castle, and the St Lazarus Church. It was built in the middle of the 19th century.

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