PROJECT TITLE: LIST AND EVALUATION OF GREEK AND TURKISH CYPRUS RELIGIOUS BUILDINGS

 BUILT BEFORE 1974

ORGANIZED BY: CYPRUS CIVIL ENGINEERS AND ARCHITECTS ASSOCIATION (CCEAA)

&

CHAMBER OF CYPRUS TURKISH  ARCHITECTS

 

Introduction

 

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.

 

 

Project Description

 

The title of the project was: List and preliminary evaluation of the religious buildings of Cyprus built before 1974.

 

Methods

Listing these buildings is the first step towards preserving, safeguarding and
managing them. The list included such details as:

1.Geographical position
2.Simple historical description
3.Topographical plan,
4.Photographical description inside and outside
5.Information about existing Architectural plans (where is possible)
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.
 

 

Results

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 observance."

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 our effort
 

 

 

 

My Cyprus my wound

 

I bring to you Hasan the corner stone

from the demolished mosque of Paphos

I bring to   you Praxandre the corner stone

from the demolished church of kyrenia

two carving scarpels

two columns

a girland around

Love-Peace

BiterCyprus -   Our country

 

 

From the poetic collection < Poems 1955-1998> by  Theodoros Efthymiou

 

 

Vera Efthymiou Parlalidou

Project coordinator


Organizations:

Website: www.unopspmu.org

This 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 ASSOCIATION

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.

It 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.

 

The Architects who worked for the realization of this project:

 

Project proposed by

 Vera Efthymiou  Parlalidou

 

Coordinators:

Vera Efthymiou  Parlalidou

Zihni Turkan

 

Financial controllers:

Stelios Markides

Mechmet Vahip

Group A Leaders:                                                                                                   Group B Leaders:                    

Sotiroulla Serrano                                                                                                     Eliana Costa Georgiou                                                                                

Ahmet Akbil                                                                                                             Emine Reis

 

Group A                                                                                                                 Group B

1. Niki Georgiou                                                                                                      1. Chrysanthos Pissarides

G.Hande Terzioğlu                                                                                                      Aysel Alihan

 

2. Takouhi Medzavorian                                                                                           2. Demetris Constantinou

Güler Yeşilmeşe                                                                                                         Serife Kahyalar

 

3. Phanos Loizides                                                                                                 3. Naso Chrysochou

Feridun Ardost                                                                                                           M.Selen Abbasooglu

 

4. Niki Xatzilyra                                                                                                      4. Stelios Markides

Hatice Tüzel                                                                                                              Mustafa Kiralp

 

5. Irene Constantinou Loukaidou                                                                              5. Burak Tursoy

S. Sema Uzunoğlu                                                                                                     Eliana Costa Georgiou

 

6. Stavros Perdios                                                                                                  6. Erkal Sahoglu

Hasan Erhan                                                                                                             Emine Reis

 

7. Sevina Floridou                                                                                                  7. Lenia Berou

Ayten Akçay                                                                                                            Mehmet Ulmen

                                                                                                                               Elcin Bitta

8. Andry Andreou

G.Hande Terzioğlu

 

Office Work / Support    

                                                                                                           

  Andry Andreou -  Eleni Pissaridou  - Takouhi Medzavorian - Vera Efthymiou Parlalidou

 

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