12th-century Cypriot church restored

Avgolida, Karpas Peninsula, Cyprus, January 17, 2024

Photo: politis.com.cy Photo: politis.com.cy     

An ancient ecclesiastical treasure in occupied Northern Cyprus has undergone emergency restoration.

Greek and Turkish Cypriot conservationists teamed up to restore the 12th-century St. Marina Church in the village of Avgolida on the Karpas Peninsula, reports Sotos Ktoris, the co-chairman of the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage.

Photo: politis.com.cy Photo: politis.com.cy     

The restoration was carried out with the assistance of the United Nations Development Programme.

The Church of St. Marina is a small, single-nave basilica. It means 20 x 8 feet. The frescoes that once adorned the inside of the church have not survived.

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