The historic building in Limassol that was recreated as a Deanery today!

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It is today one of the most characteristic buildings of the historical center of Limassol, a landmark of Archbishop Kyprianou Street since its restoration in 2011. The former Rossides residence, which had a variety of different uses from the end of the 19th century onwards, is a building that has followed the city’s course to this day, and its story is one of particular interest.  

The building, which now houses the Deanery of the Cyprus University of Technology, was erected in 1882. Its original owner, Georgios Rossides, was an important economic and political figure of the city, and he initially used the building as his home, and also housed several shops on its ground floor.

Following a series of financial setbacks, the building was eventually bought by the state (at the time, the colonial administration on the island) and was used to house administrative services. Thus, it operated as offices for the Provincial Administration and Land Registry until the 1950s, when these services were transferred to the city’s former hospital, in the building that stands to this day on Anexartisias Street. It was then used to house the Land Registry Office.

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During this period, the building suffered a lot of damage which altered its image, both internally and externally, with various additions and interventions (the wooden doors were replaced with metallic ones, while in several spots, concrete constructions were erected, creating dissonance with the stone-built structure of the building).

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In 2004, the building was assigned to the CUT, which undertook the study for complete restoration to its original form. This historic building, which had suffered much damage over the years, required a budget of €6 million in order to once again become the landmark that it is today, and the center of the Square created in the area.

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