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17-04-2024 09:22

The Department of Antiquities celebrates the International Day for Monuments and Sites

The 18th of April was established in 1983 by UNESCO as the International Day for Monuments and Sites, following a proposal by the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). To celebrate this important day, with the ultimate aim of raising awareness in society about the importance of culture, a different theme is promoted each year, which becomes an occasion for the organisation of events and various actions with the participation of citizens.

Within the general guidelines of ICOMOS International, the Department of Antiquities celebrates this year's day under the theme "Disasters and Conflicts through the Lens of the Venice Charter". Thus, on the 18th of April, entrance to archaeological sites and monuments of the Department of Antiquities will be free for all visitors. The Department of Antiquities’ main event will be the opening of the Pafos Gate archaeological site, following upgrading and infrastructure works by the Deputy Minister of Culture, while other educational events mainly focus on familiarising young people with cultural heritage, as well as include a musical event that will take place in Palaepafos on the 11th of May. The Department of Antiquities also co-organises an event of ICOMOS Cyprus that will take place on the 19th of April at their premises.