Restoration works on the Monastery of Apostle Andreas in Turkish-occupied Karpasia are underway to repair damage after a bolt of lightning struck it recently, Greek Cypriot head of the bicommunal Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage, Takis Hadjidemetriou, has told CNA.
The lightning broke off the cross on the bell tower, causing damage to the rooftiles.
“The cost of the damage has not been calculated yet. We are at the stage where the technicians are evaluating the problem,” Hadjidemetriou said, adding that the contractor is expected to receive instructions from the UNDP.
Hadjidemetriou also said three other projects in the Turkish-occupied areas would soon be delivered, specifically the restoration of the church of St. Artemon in Afaneia village in early March and St. Andronikos in Kythrea village possibly in mid-march, and the second phase of the works on the church of the Virgin Mary in Assia at the end of March. The church in Assia has already been restored and works are continuing on the enclosure, which will help prevent the church from flooding in the future.
Apart from these three projects, restoration works are continuing on the church of Archangel Michael in the village of Yialousa and the church of St. Sergios and St. Vakhos in the village of Ayios Sergios, both in the Turkish-occupied areas. Meanwhile, the plans and tenders for the mosque in the village of Orounta in the government-controlled areas are in the pipeline.
Other projects underway are restoration works on the Venetian walls in Turkish-occupied Nicosia, part of which collapsed last year.