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UNDP “Cultural heritage projects crucial in the peace building process”


Zuhuri Tekke and Tuzla Hamam conservation works have been completed.
An event took place to celebrate the completion of conservation works at Zuhuri Tekke and Tuzla Hammam which were carried out by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and The Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage (TCCH) as part of the EU-funded “Support to cultural heritage monuments of great importance for Cyprus” project.

UNDP issued a press statement regarding the event.
According to the statement, during the event UNDP Cyprus, Head of Office Mr. Jakhongir Khaydarov, stated that “we believe that projects like this one are crucial in the peace building process and will not only improve the Cultural Heritage monuments in the different areas but will also help create a culture of peace on the island “emphasising that “together we will continue to preserve the cultural heritage of the island for the benefit of all the people of Cyprus“.

NAVA “EU will keep supporting this work”

For his part Mr. Mario Nava, Director General for the Structural Reform Support of the European Commission, stated that ‘these monuments represent the richness and the diversity of the history of Cyprus and its cultural heritage’.

Mr. Nava also highlighted that the ‘EU will keep supporting this work, not just through regular funding, but also by ensuring that this important confidence-building measure continues to be a powerful tool for reconciliation and peaceful cooperation’.
Zuhuri Tekke is located in the city centre of Larnaca and dates back to the mid-17th century. It consists of a mosque and turbe, in a single building.

The conservation of the Zuhuri Tekke commenced in December 2021, and was completed in February 2022, the Tuzla Hamam works commenced in February 2022 and were completed in February 2023 by the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage marking the completion of the project.

Since 2012, over 123 cultural heritage sites island-wide have been conserved, structurally supported, physically protected or restored by TCCH and UNDP with the support from the European Union with a total funding of €24.915 million.
The TCCH has received €35.6 million invested by several donors to implement the priorities of the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage for the preservation of the island-wide cultural heritage of Cyprus.

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