Seismic assessment of the medieval Armenian church in Famagusta, Cyprus

Andrés Burgos Braga, Paulo B. Lourenco, Nuno Mendes


This paper presents the analysis of the structural condition and stability of the Armenian Church in Famagusta, Cyprus. Visual and photographic survey, non-destructive testing and numerical evaluation, using a tridimensional finite element model, are included. The non-linear behavior is analyzed under gravity and seismic loading, and pushover and time-history analysis are performed, including in both cases bidirectional loading. Results are studied in terms of capacity curves and damage patterns. The influence of the Church mass-distribution is also evaluated. As a result, the analysis estimates an adequate safety level of the edifice and various real damage features of the Church are justified and attributed to seismic actions.


Seismic assessment; masonry; cultural heritage buildings

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