Two historic mosques to receive cash injection
The bicommunal Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage announced that two mosques, one in Evretou/Evretu and the other in Tserkezoi/Çerkez, are included in new emergency measure projects. Phase 2 of the ‘Support to cultural heritage monuments is of great importance for Cyprus’ project includes both projects as fully funded by the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme Partnership for the Future (UNDP-PFF).
Ali Tuncay, a Turkish Cypriot technical committee member said: “These two mosques follow the first project by the Technical Committee the conservation project to Denia/Denya mosque which was completed in 2013. The Technical Committee respects the diversity of cultural heritage as being at the heart of the cooperation between the two communities. The cultural heritage is not just about stones and buildings but also carries forward values from the past that are important for the future.”
The emergency measures have started in Evretou/Evretu and are expected to be completed by mid-November with work in Tserkezoi/Çerkez to follow. The announcement stated that the work to the Evretou/Evretu mosque involves clearing and cleaning the building and its surroundings, the removal of its collapsed parts, strengthening its walls and floors, installing doors and windows, reconstructing the roof of the collapsed section and some masonry work.
The two surviving original walls of the Tserkezoi/Çerkez mosque will be consolidated with any existing traces of collapsed walls that are revealed will be defined and consolidated.
Greek Cypriot Technical Committee member Takis Hadjidemetriou commented: “The first half of 2014 has proved very fruitful for the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage work and we are pleased to continue into the year with these two new emergency measure projects that show, once again, our firm commitment to preserve the diversity of our cultural, historical and religious heritage.”