Cross-border Cooperation Programme “Greece-Cyprus 2007-2013”
“Enhancing Transnational Culture (ΑDΙPOL)”
The Ministry of Communications and Works, Department of Antiquities, announces the completion of the Project "Enhancing Transnational Culture", which was part of the Cross-border Cooperation (CBC) Programme “Greece-Cyprus 2007-2013” and involved the restoration, maintenance and promotion of cultural and historical monuments of Cyprus and Greece. This was a collaborative Project between the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus and the Municipality of Rethymno to restore and promote eight Monuments, seven in Cyprus and one in Crete.
The Project was co-financed 80% by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund) and 20% by National Funds of Greece and Cyprus, with a total budget amounting to €1.744.700 (€1.663.900 allocated to the Department of Antiquities and €80.700 allocated to the Municipality of Rethymno).
The Cypriot monuments listed in the Project date between the 4th to the 20th century AD. These monuments are: the Monastery of Ayios Irakleidios in Politiko, the Church of Panayia Kousouliotissa in Flasou, the Church of Ayios Georgios in Kaminaria, the Church of Panayia Katholiki in Arsos, the Medieval Manor and Church of Panayia Katholiki in Kouklia, the Mosque (Ayia Sophia) in Kato Pafos and the Monastery of Ayia Napa in Ayia Napa. The Greek monument listed in the project is Maroula Tower in Rethymno, Crete.
During 2009-2012 conservation and restoration works were conducted for the eight monuments as approved by the competent authorities. The works included the conservation of the wall paintings of the monuments and the preservation of the surrounding area of the monuments. Other promotional and publicity activities included the preparation of permanent signs and leaflets with information related to each monument.