A contract was signed on Monday for conservation works on Archangelos Michael church in Geçitkale (Lefkoniko) by the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage, the European Commission and the United Nations Development Programme.
The cost of the work, which is being fully funded by the EU, is estimated at around 390,000 euros and will take eight months.
The Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage aims at consolidating and stabilising the church as far as possible, in order to bring the building back to its original state, it said.
Major structural consolidation will be undertaken. Inside the church, frescoes and the carved woodworks of the gynaikonitis will be stabilised and preserved by a specialised conservator.
Externally, the portico roof will be reconstructed and the old school building consolidated and protected. The yard and the perimeter wall will be improved.
Other conservation works will include: cleaning of dressed stones surfaces, pointing, removal of repointing and new stone carving as well as removal and reconstruction of the existing roof, doors and windows.
Since 2012, the European Commission has allocated approximately 8.1 million euros of EU money to fund the work of the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage for the preservation of the island-wide cultural heritage in Cyprus.