Restoration of a medieval Hamam in Paphos, which began some months ago, continues. The ancient building, which was in poor condition, has received emergency funding from the EU to clean and restore the building.
An EU press statement about the medieval Turkish bath describes it as “….the fifth cultural heritage site in the island to benefit from emergency measures, thanks to EU funds and UNDP-PFF support. We are very satisfied with the quality of the works done. When we started the project some months ago, the walls and domes presented different levels of deterioration. Today, as the works are on-going, the Hamam is already starting to re-gain its original appearance. This shows how much, small emergency measures can do to preserve and safeguard cultural heritage sites island-wide. All the Greek Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriots should feel very proud of these results”.
The Hamam, was part of a larger complex built during the Medieval period and later modified and expanded during the Ottoman period. Today it presents the typical arrangement of an Ottoman bath-house comprising a disrobing room, a warm room, and a hot room.
The on-going emergency and protective works include removal of rubble and weeds. Missing walls and vaults have been restored which now show the original structure of the monument.
During a visit to the site, Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot members of the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage were briefed on the on-going status of works. The project is due to be completed by November 2013.