Conservation works completed for the Holy Cross Church in Karpasha

The Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage, the European Commission and the United Nations Development Programme have announced the completion of conservation works to the Holy Cross Church in Karpasha village, in the Turkish occupied Kyrenia district.

Karpasha Church is one of three Maronite religious heritage sites selected by the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage to benefit from conservation interventions within the EU funded and UNDP implemented programme “Support to Monuments of Great Importance for the communities of Cyprus”. The other two Maronite sites to benefit from similar interventions are the Old St. George Church in Kormakitis completed in October 2015 and the Church of Agia Marina to be completed soon.

Conservation works to the Holy Cross Church included general cleaning of the church, replacement of metal gutters and downpipes, removal of existing plaster and repainting of stonewalls surfaces, repair of the stone belfry, replacing of damaged stones and conservation of frescoes.

The total cost of the project was approximately 48,500 EUR funded by the European Union with a contribution from the Holy See. Support to the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage is a cornerstone of the European Unions support to reconciliation and confidence building measures through the Aid Programme for the Turkish Cypriot community, a statement by UNDP said.

A project completion ceremony will be held on Thursday 06 April 2017 at 16:00 in the courtyard of the church.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory.

Source: Cyprus News Agency