News Local Ancient mosaic leads to five year closure of Larnaca road

Ancient mosaic leads to five year closure of Larnaca road

Ayios Neophytos street in Chrysopolitissa, Larnaca has been closed for maintenance work since 2013, residents complain.

They say that this creates a traffic problem in the area and makes it difficult to access their homes.

Sewerage maintenance work first started in September 2013, however the work was interrupted in July 2013, as Larnaca Sewerage Board staff found an ancient mosaic while they were digging.

The Archaeology Department, along with archaeologists from France, Israel and Greece took over the site to investigate the Roman mosaic that depicts the Twelve Labours of Hercules.

Part of the mosaic is located under an abandoned building which had to be demolished in order to uncover it.

Three years later, in July 2016, then Transport Minister, Marios Demetriades announced that the state would expropriate the building, for the excavation to continue.

According to Larnaca Mayor Andreas Vyras the expropriation process has still to be completed.

Vyras and the Larnaca Tourism Board have sent letters to responsible authorities, asking to be briefed on the progress of the works, however they have yet to receive an answer, Phileleftheros reports.

“The case is under the jurisdiction of the Department of Antiquities, which has to acquire an expropriation order,” Department of Land and Surveys director, Andreas Socratous said. “For some unfortunate reasons, the first expropriation order did not go through, I will not go into details,” Socratous added, while saying that his Department will prioritise the case as soon as the order is issued.

Meanwhile, archaeological excavations seem to have stalled, as the Antiquities Department has sealed the area and is withdrawing its staff.

 

Top Stories

Migrants in new Lesbos camp reach 9,000

About 9,000 migrants have moved into a new temporary camp on Lesbos, a Greek migration ministry official said on Saturday leaving abandoned camping tents...

Police ask for help to find missing 16-year-old boy (photo)

Mofe el Ramadan, 16, from Syria, is missing from his home in Larnaca since early morning Saturday, according to police. The 16-year-old is described as...

Ten students admit to having participated in Paralimni Lyceum incident so far, investigations continue

Six days after the incident and following hot on the heels of Police the Ministry of Education has decided to also launch an investigation...

At least two dead, 14 injured in Rochester mass shooting in New York

At least two people are dead and 14 have been injured in a mass shooting in Rochester, New York early Saturday. Police said one man...

Mainly fine weather for Saturday

Unbearable heat and high temperatures to ease down some starting Saturday, according to the Mediterranean island's Meteorological Service. The weather will be mainly fine with...

Taste

Swordfish with aubergines

To toast the sesame seeds: place sesame seeds in a small non-stick frying pan over low heat and stir until you begin to smell...

Chicken with okra and bulgur wheat

Heat the oil in a pan and sauté the okra until golden. Remove the okra, lay out in an oven tray and sprinkle with...

Ravioli

Just a little before serving, heat the broth and add the ravioli. (If the ravioli is frozen you don’t have to defrost). Heat them...

Seafood kebab with avocado salad

Place the mussels, shrimps and salmon in a bowl together with tarragon and lemon zest. Season and cover, keeping in the fridge for 15...