Conservation work on Ayia Marina church completed

A large crowd attended the hand over ceremony at the the restored Church of Ayia Marina, located in the village of Gürpınar, on Thursday to the Maronite Church, almost a year after the bi-communal Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage started conservation works on the site.

As the Maronite Archbishop of Cyprus Joseph Soueif entered the packed church, all present began to sing a psalm in Aramaic with him.

Former village residents and members of the Church Committee, ambassadors from EU member states, representatives of the UN and the EU and other people attended the ceremony in the 14th century church, dedicated to the village’s patron saint.

After the bells began to ring the ceremony started, with officials expressing messages of reconciliation and peaceful coexistence.


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