After one year of restoration work, the Dormition of Theotokos church in Kosina in Permeti is fully reconstructed. The restoration project as well as the supervision and application of the work was made possible by the Cultural Heritage Foundation of the Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Albania. The project was approved by the National Council of Restoration in the Ministry of Culture. The realization of this project was thought out and funded by Archbishop Anastasios with a cost of 4,435’395 ALL.
Restoration works consisted of: masonry joints, vertical crevices and gutters, injecting on existing walls, dismantling the existing roof, repairing the grooves from cracks and damages, roofing with new tiles of the same size with the existing ones and also replacement of doors and damaged windows. The whole church underwent massive derailment of perimeter soils, which had been ruined with time by „submerging“ the original volume of the church. In the part near the masonry, drainage work was carried out to remove the water from the building. A cobbled pavement was laid over, which would surround the church in a perimeter way. Works were also carried out in the interior of the church, such as floor repair and filling of damaged plaster where there was no wall painting. Also side doors from the north and west were re-opened.
The Dormition of Theotokos Church in Kosina is of a dome-shaped cross style and consists of a narthex, a naos and an altar. Referring to its exterior, morphology and decorative elements, this church dates back to the 12th century. The Dormition of Theotokos Church has the features of Byzantine architecture. This church has a special role in our Orthodox spiritual and cultural heritage, and is part of the large group of monuments of churches which are restored by the Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Albania..
Archbishop Anastasios received a thank you- letter by the Orthodox faithful of the area and the church community for the restoration of such a precious treasure of Orthodox faith, but also for the complete restoration of the Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania.