Restoration of Apostolos Andreas Monastery underway

Restoration work continues on the Apostolos Andreas Monastery, Greek Cypriot head of the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage Takis Hadjidemetriou has told CNA, ‘Famagusta Gazette’ reports.

The first phase is underway and as Hadjidemetriou said, during a meeting of the Technical Committee today, it was decided that when the substantial work of the project is underway, a conference will be held to explain to the media how the project is progressing.

He said the icons have been moved from the church this month and when they are able to, the contractors will put up their protective fences to start the restoration project.

The icons will be kept at a temporary hall which can be turned into a chapel for pilgrims.

The restoration of the monuments is undertaken in cooperation with the UNDP-PFF (Participation for Future).

According to the UNDP in Cyprus, on 17th September 2013 UNDP-PFF signed two contribution agreements worth 2.5 million Euro each, respectively with the Church of Cyprus and the Evkaf Administration for the Restoration of the Apostolos Andreas Monastery.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will contribute 25,000 USD.

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