18 April 2014 10:11

UNESCO has designated April 18 as the International Day for Monuments and Sites and, marking the occasion, entry to a number of archaeological sites and ancient monuments will be free tomorrow.
According to the Antiquities Department, the sites offering free entry are the Archaeological site of Tamassos in Politiko, the Royal Chapel in Pyrga,  the archaeological site of Kition in Larnaca, the  Neolithic site at Choirokoitia, the Tenta archaeological site in Kalavasos, the archaeological site of Curium in Episkopi, the Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates also in Episkopi, Kolossi Castle, the archaeological site of Amathus in Ayios Tychonas, the Mosaics at the archaeological site in Kato Paphos, the The Tombs of the Kings necropolis in  Kato Paphos, the archaeological site of Palaepaphos in Kouklia, the archaeological site of Ayios Georgios in Peyia, and Paphos Castle.
Other events marking the occasion include a periodic exhibition entitled 'From the world of Cyprus birds' at the Kato Paphos archaeological site's Visitor's Centre until July 31.
Also, on Thursday, Dr Nicholas Stanley - Price will give a talk on 'War, disaster' and the 'reconstruction' of cultural heritage' accompanied by a photographic exhibition on 'The Destruction of our Cultural Heritage in occupied Cyprus' at the Casteliotissa Hall in Nicosia. The event begins at 6.30pm.
Next Friday, there will be a guided tour of Ancient Kition in Larnaca at 6pm followed by talks on 'The Archaeology of Larnaca; recent discoveries' Dr Giorgos Georgiou  of the Antiquities Department and his colleague Dr Anna Satraki as well as Dr Sabine Fourrier representing the French archaeological expedition at Kition and
Dr Karin Nys representing the Belgian archaeological expedition at Dromolaxia- Vyzakia and the Hala Sultan Tekke.
A full programme of events is available from ancient monuments, archaeological sites and museums operated by the Antiquities Department.
International Day for Monuments and Sites is celebrated each year with events that aim to make the public aware of cultural heritage. Citizens are encouraged through a number of events to learn about and appreciate all forms of their heritage.
Each year a different topic is promoted and all the events are organised so as to incorporate the specific theme. The theme for 2014 is 'Heritage of Commemoration- 60 Years Hague Convention,' the Antiquties Department announcement on this year's event notes.
"The aim of this year's theme is to make the public aware of the responsibilities and the provisions for all the member states stemming from The Hague Convention and its two protocols.
"The Hague Convention constitutes the first and unique international convention that has legislated the responsibilities and the guidelines that need to be obtained from the Member States and their armies in the occurrence of armed conflict," it continues.
The Antiquities Department also notes the cultural heritage of a place "independent of national and religious orientation, has to remain untouched in time, in the occurrence of armed conflict, in order to be bequeathed as historical testimony of the worldwide history of mankind to the future generations".
UNESCO designated the day from 1983, following a proposal by the non-governmental organisation ICOMOS.


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