Twelve architects compete over Zouhouri mosque reconstruction

Twelve architectural firms have expressed interest in the Zouhouri mosque reconstruction, Larnaca Mayor Andreas Vyras has told CNA.

In total, 12 architectural firms have responded to a call for tenders announced by Larnaca Municipality. They have submitted architectural plans and completed studies for the reconstruction of the Zouhouri mosque and the entire building bloc, Vyras said.

He explained that a committee which is presided by the municipality’s architect and comprising representatives of the Department of Antiquities, Urban Planning Department, the University of Cyprus, the Cyprus Scientific and Technical Chamber and the Cyprus Architects Association, has started reviewing the twelve proposals since May 21st, the deadline set for the submission of tenders.

The winner of the competition, Vyras said, will be awarded with the amount of Euros 15,000. Second and third runners up will receive Euros 10,000 and Euros 5,000 respectively, he added.

The results will be announced on June 13, which is also when the call for the construction work tenders will be published.

The cost of reconstruction is estimated at 2.2 million plus VAT and it is expected to be raised by European Funds.

The Zouhouri mosque is considered to be one of the most important ancient monuments of Larnaca.

Source: Cyprus News Agency