Local Authorities and tourist development companies believe that the modification of the rules so that civil weddings may be permitted in nine archaeological sites, museums and castles in Cyprus will not do much good since the prices decided are seen as particularly preventive. Prices range between 1,000 and 1,500 euros and the reason for this decision is to prevent mass weddings in these areas to protect their historical and archaeological value.
As President of the Municipalities Andreas Vyras said, very few weddings are expected to take place since not many couples would pay this amount for a ceremony lasting just 15 minutes.
The list of monuments includes the medieval castle of Larnaca and the old Nicosia Municipality building, the Cyprus Railway Museum in Evrychou, the Museum of Traditional Embroidery and Silversmith in Lefkara and many more.
An application for a civil wedding service to take place at such places should be submitted before the Department of Antiquities through the relevant Municipality and this should be done at least one month before the scheduled wedding date. The maximum number of participants is 30.