LIST AND EVALUATION OF GREEK AND TURKISH CYPRUS RELIGIOUS BUILDINGS
CYPRUS CIVIL ENGINEERS AND ARCHITECTS ASSOCIATION (CCEAA)
CYPRUS TURKISH ARCHITECTS
Since the opening of the checkpoints,
we saw the opportunity as Architects to find a way to help to
preserve, safeguard and operate the religious buildings of
Cyprus which were abandoned after 1974.
The title of
the project was: List and preliminary evaluation of the
religious buildings of Cyprus built before 1974.
Listing these buildings is the first step towards preserving,
managing them. The list included such details as:
2.Simple historical description
4.Photographical description inside and outside
5.Information about existing Architectural plans (where is
6. Preliminary structure evaluation.
This work was only the first part of our project. In the second
part we are going to
propose the actions and measurements which have to be taken in
order to preserve,
safeguard and operate the religious buildings.
There are 620 religious buildings in Cyprus:
505 Greek Cypriot religious buildings
115 Turkish Cypriot religious buildings
Some of the problems facing these buildings:
most of the buildings are abandoned
some of them are in a very bad condition
some of them are demolished
some of them are in Military zones.
These buildings are the historical, cultural, architectural and
religious heritage of Cyprus.
many of them are of great Architectural value
many are ancient monuments with historical value
others have enormous cultural value for at least one community
the religious buildings are essential as places of worship, in
order for one to express their religion freely. Freedom to
practice one's religion unhindered is a fundamental human right,
as written in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights: "Everyone has the right to freedom of thought,
conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change
his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in
community with others and in public or private, to manifest his
religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and
The purpose of our Organization is to help the people of Cyprus
to preserve and safeguard their Religious buildings. We as
Architects consider this today as one of our main priorities. In
the verses of a Greek Cypriot poet you can see the meaning of
My Cyprus my wound
bring to you Hasan the corner stone
the demolished mosque of Paphos
bring to you Praxandre the corner stone
the demolished church of kyrenia
BiterCyprus - Our country
poetic collection < Poems 1955-1998> by Theodoros Efthymiou
presentation has been made possible by a grant from the
Bi-communal Development Programme (BDP), which is funded by the
United States Agency for International Development and the
United Nations Development Programme and executed by the United
Nations Office for Project Services. The content of this
presentation does not reflect the position or opinion of the BDP,
its founders, or its executing agency.
CYPRUS CIVIL ENGINEERS & ARCHITECTS
The Cyprus Civil Engineers & Architects
Association is the oldest Engineering Association in Cyprus.
It was created by the Civil Engineers and
Architects of Cyprus in 1940 and has now 1450 members.
The Association has an intensive activity
in many domains. Our members participate in several technical
committees of the Government and the House
of Representatives of Cyprus.
The Association had the basic role in the
introduction of several standards and regulations such
as the design of reinforced concrete
structure, earthquake design, contracts, etc.
At a regular basis the Association
organizes scientific seminars for the benefit of our members.
is our commitment to elevate our profession and offer the best
possible services to our fellow citizens.
CHAMBER OF CYPRUS TURKISH ARCHITECTS
Chamber of architects
is one of the associations about Union of Cyprus Turkish
Engineers and Architects which was established in 1960. Chamber
has 700 members. The chamber is run by five members elected by
the annual assembly of full members. The chamber's duties are,
to promote and to develop public interest; Architecture,
Science, Arts and Technic.
Architects who worked for the realization of this project:
Group B Leaders:
Eliana Costa Georgiou
1. Chrysanthos Pissarides
2. Demetris Constantinou
3. Naso Chrysochou
Eliana Costa Georgiou
Office Work / Support
Andry Andreou - Eleni Pissaridou - Takouhi Medzavorian -
Vera Efthymiou Parlalidou