Heidi Trautmann

Nov 9 - Inauguration of restored Bedestan

United Nations Development Programme

Partnership for the Future

Programme funded by the European Union


The Bedestan at the centre of old Nicosia reopens

to the public after the completion of a five year

EU-funded restoration project

The UNDP Partnership for the Future Programme has completed a five-year-long project on the

restoration of the Bedestan, a historic monument located in the mathematical centre of the walled city of

Nicosia, formerly known as St. Nicholas Church. The Bedestan is a uniquely important building - it was

originally a 12th century Byzantine church and later used as a covered market place and has thus

incorporated throughout the centuries a variety of architectural restructuring.

The restoration and preservation of the monument is one of a number of initiatives within the wider

framework of the “Rehabilitation of Old Nicosia”, funded by the European Union and implemented by

UNDP Partnership for the Future, reflecting the multicultural life and many historical periods of the city.

The Bedestan has proved to be as much about conservation as about revitalisation, highlighting the

importance of cultural heritage preservation. Hence, the restoration project has incorporated an

innovative method of anti-seismic support, vocational training as well as a high quality restorative works

on an international level.

The building will now function as a multicultural venue and exhibition space for the benefit of the

inhabitants of Nicosia and visitors alike.

The study, supervision and works amount to approximately 2 million Euro wholly funded by the

European Union. In addition, EVKAF has also contributed financially to the restoration project.

The inauguration of the Bedestan will be held onsite on Monday, November 9, 2009 at 3:30 pm . This is

followed by a local award ceremony of the 2009 Europa Nostra Award -announced earlier this year- for

the “Study, Assessment and Design for the Structural and Architectural Restoration of the Bedestan”. in

the research category The Study was aimed at the different phases of the monument's consolidation, its

conservative restoration and its re-insertion into the urban setting.

Aspirations are that the Bedestan will become an important landmark for the city of Nicosia, which

together with other monuments of cultural heritage will enhance the vision for urban upgrading and

reuse of the walled city.

Media are invited to cover the event. Please contact UNDP Partnership for the Future at the e-mail


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Nicosia, 5 November 2009

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