Completion of Conservation works at the Profitis Elias church in the Famagusta area
November 3, 2023
Nicosia, 3rd November 2023 – The Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage (TCCH), is announcing the completion of the conservation works at the Profitis Elias church in Stylloi/Mutluyaka in the Famagusta area, within the framework of the “Support to cultural heritage monuments of great importance for Cyprus”, a project co-funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
This was marked by an event with the participation of the TCCH, European Commission, UNDP and members of the public.
The church of Profitis Elias is located in the Famagusta area. It can be envisaged that the Profitis Elias Church was built sometime in the late 19th or early 20th century. Renovation works were possibly carried out near the early 1950s.
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The Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage
The Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage was established in 2008 under the auspices of the United Nations to provide a mutually acceptable mechanism for the preservation of the immovable cultural heritage of Cyprus. In 2009, the Advisory Board was set up by a decision of the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage and approved by the two leaders as the consultative body of the Committee. The aim of the Board is to protect, preserve and facilitate the preservation, physical protection and restoration (including research, study and survey) of the island’s common heritage. This mechanism allows for the practical aspects of preservation to be considered in a non-political manner so that practical measures can be taken to improve the situation on the ground.
The Technical Committees were created with the purpose of building trust between the two communities in Cyprus, thus facilitating the peace talks supported by the United Nations Office of the Special Advisor to the Secretary-General (OSASG-Cyprus).
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