The Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage and the United Nations Development Programme Partnership for the Future have launched a tender for conservation works at Ayios Panteleimon monastery in Camlibel.
The monastery is one of four “Mega-Projects” that are fully funded by the EU’s Cultural Heritage Programme. Along with with Apostolos Andreas monastery, Othello’s Tower, and the Famagusta Walls Complex, these buildings are considered large-scale monuments of great historical and social value by the technical committee.
Thirty-three cultural heritage sites island-wide are currently protected by the programme. “Because of the large size of this important monument, this tender will cover only the first phase of the necessary restoration works,” said a statement from Takis Hadjidemitriou and Ali Tuncay the respective Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot heads of the committee.
Based on the surveys and investigations carried out in 2014, they had agreed to focus the first phase on the conservation of the church and to carry out emergency stabilisation works to the most endangered monastic buildings.
Funds permitting, further work will be carried out in a future second phase.
“We hope that these works will mark a new beginning in the long-life of Ayios Panteleimonas,” the statement said.
The first phase of the project is to ensure preservation of some parts of the monastic complex, visitor safety and access for the disabled.
Source Cyprus Mail