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Nineteen historical monuments set to be renovated by end of year

File photo: Takis Hadjidemetriou left and Ali Tuncay of Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage in front of St Mary of the Armenians Church-UNDP Kerim-Belet.

Restoration works on a total of 19 historical monuments and sites in Cyprus are set to be completed before the end of 2020 according to the Greek Cypriot head of the bicommunal technical committee for cultural heritage Takis Hadjidemetriou.

Among the most significant cultural landmarks set to be renovated are some sections of the Venetian walls of Nicosia that have been collapsing in recent years, the Archangel Michael church in Yialousa, the Ayios Sergios and Bacchus church near the Salamis archaeological site and the ancient ruins of Afentrika in Rizokarpaso.

An extensive presentation of the project will take place on Tuesday at the Ledra Palace in Nicosia.

“These renovations are of enormous importance for everyone,” Hadjidemetriou told the Cyprus Mail.

“Thanks to this project we are sending a clear message to everyone in the country that the cooperation between Greek and Turkish Cypriots is still possible, regardless of any political climate.

“There is a continuous and relentless work from both communities behind every project the committee carries out. Our common heritage and shared values are the cornerstones of our bicommunal collaborations,” Hadjidemetriou said.

He added that the renovation works of certain monuments has been delayed by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has inevitably slowed down the entire project.

“However, I am confident that we will manage to complete all the renovations on the 19 historical monuments before the end of the year,” he said.

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