Completion of Conservation works at the Agios Sergios and Vakhos Church

March 6, 2024

The Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage (TCCH), has completed the conservation works at the Agios Sergios and Vakhos church in Neta/Taşlıca, within the framework of the “Support to cultural heritage monuments of great importance for Cyprus”, a project funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). 

This was marked by a visit with the participation of the TCCH Co-Chairs and Members of the Advisory Board, representatives from the European Commission and UNDP, and the technical team. 


Situated southeast of the village, amidst the remnants of an ancient settlement, the Agios Sergios and Vakhos church holds a rich history dating back to the 12th century. Notably, beneath the slope to the east of the church lies a cave, potentially once utilized as a holy spring.

Additionally, fragments of sculptures found within the church ruins, believed to have been repurposed from nearby archaeological site, serving as spolia (holy altar) on the church, were also carefully treated. Key interventions included the removal of incompatible additions to the church, treatment of vegetation, replacement of stones, consolidation of historic gaps, and cleaning and repointing of stones. Additionally, internal and external plasters were treated, floors received attention, and roof works were carried out to ensure structural integrity. Furthermore, grouting of cracks and stone stitching were carried out to safeguard against further deterioration.