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Technical committee says repairing collapsed Venetian wall a ‘top priority’

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The top priority of the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage is to restore the parts of the Nicosia Venetian walls on the northern end of the Green Line, which collapsed recently, the Greek Cypriot head of the committee, Takis Hadjidemetriou said on Thursday.

Photos of a second collapsed part of the walls across from the Ledra Palace Hotel, near Mula Bastion, has prompted concern. Another part collapsed at the beginning of March.

The technical committee acted promptly, Hadjidemetriou said and engineers already went on site to examine the damage. He said the collapse of the second part was very recent, a few days’ old.

“We are monitoring it. Engineers went on site in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme and a study has been made,” Hadjidemetriou told the Cyprus Mail.

He added that the project is a top priority for the technical committee and that they are saving money from the budget of other projects to fund the restoration which is estimated to cost around €100,000.

“It is a sensitive monument, it needs caution in handling,” Hadjidemetriou said.

The committee had already planned on starting preservation works on part of the walls in the north, between part of the Mula Bastion and Kyrenia Gate, to remove vegetation and restore any damage caused by humidity.

Hadjidemetriou said last January that there was intense problem with humidity in that part of the walls in the north due to limited exposure to the sun.

Nicosia Municipality said on Thursday that they regret to see another part of the Venetian Walls, “located in the occupied part of the town”, collapse.

“Given the inability to access that part and restore it, the municipality has informed all competent services so that they can promptly take measures,” an announcement said.

 

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