A United Nations-managed project to upgrade the retailers’ area of the old market in the northern part of Nicosia, Cyprus, breaks ground today under a programme funded by the European Union (EU).
Part of a larger programme aimed at upgrading and rehabilitating Old Nicosia, this improvement to the retailers’ area will cover an estimated 4,500 square metres of ground surface and encompass the restoration and rehabilitation of 77 stalls.
It includes not only upgrading the structural condition of the market building, but also its infrastructure, facilities, stalls, walkways, windows, doors and the entire roof.
The overall aim is to enhance the market’s organizational set-up, while upgrade its appearance and infrastructure in line with modern international standards.
The market is located at the centre of the Old Walled City, opposite Bedestan (St. Nicholas Church), which was recently restored with EU assistance. Its rehabilitation is expected to bring added value to the neighbourhood and help promote conservation of the shared heritage.
The broader programme to revitalize the Walled City of Nicosia and conserve its architectural heritage is being managed by the “Partnership for the Future” section of the UN Development Programme (UNDP).