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HALA SULTAN MOSQUE
NOT ACCESSIBLE TO VISITORS ON 11 NOVEMBER 2019

The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, announces that due to the celebrations of
Mevlid Kandili or Mawlid, an organised visit by a large number of pilgrims will take place at the Mosque of Hala Sultan in Larnaka. The mosque will not be accessible to the general public on Monday 11 November 2019.

We apologise for any inconvenience that may be caused.



ANNOUNCEMENT - CYPRUS RALLY 2019
The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Communications and Works announces that, due to the Cyprus Rally 2019 (Nicosia Super Special Stage), the Cyprus Museum and the Ethnological Museum, (The House of Hadjigeorgakis Kornesios) in Lefkosia will remain closed to the public.

ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE RECENT COLLAPSE OF PART OF THE MEDIEVAL FORTIFICATION WALLS OF LEFKOSIA


The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, wishes to express its deep grief and disappointment over the latest collapse of a section of the Venetian walls of Nicosia, a Monument listed in the First Schedule of the Antiquities Law since 1935. The collapse of this extensive section of the Quirini bastion follows the partial collapse of the curtain wall which occurred in the Ledra Palace area last March.

This continuing destruction testifies to the deplorable state of preservation of the Venetian Walls in the occupied part of the city of Nicosia, after years of neglect on the part of the illegal regime in the north. This negligence towards the cultural heritage of our shared common cultural heritage can only be perceived as criminal.

It is emphasized that the Nicosia Walls, which feature a circular fortification with eleven heart-shaped bastions spaced at equal distances and three gates, were designed by the then famous Italian engineer Giulio Savorgnano. They constitute a prominent fortification work of the Venetian period in Cyprus and they are considered to be a model for the asteroid city, defining European fortification architecture up until the 18th century. Given their importance, it is imperative to safeguard them through the implementation of protective measures in order to preserve them for future generations.

It is our hope that the damage will be repaired promptly and towards this aim, we express our support to the efforts of the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage and our willingness to contribute to the restoration of the Medieval Walls, with both expertise and staff.

CONSERVATION WORKS AT THE ETHNOGRAPHIC MUSEUM (HOUSE OF HADJIGEORGAKIS KORNESIOS)


The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, announces that from the 8th of August until the 12th of August 2019, the Ethnological Museum (House of Hadjigeorgakis Kornesios) in Lefkosia will be closed to the public due to conservation works.



HALA SULTAN MOSQUE
NOT ACCESSIBLE TO VISITORS ON 13 AUGUST 2019

The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, announces that, the Mosque will not be accessible to the general public on Tuesday 13 August 2019, due to an organized visit by a large number of pilgrims on the occasion of the celebrations of Kurban Bayram or Eid Al-Aha.


We apologise for any inconvenience that may be caused.



ANCIENT SHIPWRECK IN THE SEA OFF PROTARAS, CYPRUS

The Department of Antiquities announces the discovery of an ancient shipwreck in the sea off Protaras, Cyprus. The site was reported by Spyros Spyrou and Andreas Kritiotis, both volunteer divers of the underwater archaeological research team of the Maritime Archaeological Research Laboratory (MARELab), Archaeological Research Unit, University of Cyprus. The Department of Antiquities acted immediately after it was reported, in order to secure the necessary funds to cover the cost of the preliminary in situ investigation, as soon as possible.

A team of MARELab archaeologists, students and volunteers, led by Dr Stella Demesticha, Associate Professor of Maritime Archaeology, is already at Protaras. The team is working on the documentation and protection of the site, in collaboration with Dr Dimitris Skarlatos, Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and Geoinformatics, Cyprus University of Technology, and Eleni Loizides, Conservator, at the Department of Antiquities.

The site is a wreck of a Roman ship, loaded with transport amphorae, most probably from Syria and Cilicia. It is the first undisturbed Roman shipwreck ever found in Cyprus, the study of which is expected to shed new light on the breadth and the scale of seaborne trade between Cyprus and the rest of the Roman provinces of the eastern Mediterranean.

This project also marks a milestone for Cypriot archaeology, because it is the first time that an underwater archaeological project is fully funded by the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works.

The Department of Antiquities and the Archaeological Research Unit of the University of Cyprus express their deep appreciation and thanks to Spyros Spyrou and Andreas Kritiotis for immediately reporting their discovery to the authorities. Sincere thanks are also owed to all volunteers and supporters of this project, which was organized on a very short notice; thanks also to the generosity and collaboration of diverse institutions and individuals. This enthusiastic mobilization of authorities and citizens around an important archaeological site sends optimistic messages regarding the protection of cultural heritage by Cypriot society.


Ancient shipwreck in the sea off Protaras, Cyprus, 2019


PRESS RELEASE: 25TH JUNE 2019

The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works announces that due to the period of mourning declared following the passing of former President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias, its Museums, Monuments and Archaeological Sites will have public holiday opening hours on Tuesday 25th June 2019. The public can visit the Department of Antiquities’ website (www.mcw.gov.cy/da) for more information on public holiday opening hours.

ANNOUNCEMENT


The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transports, Communications and Works announces that the Ethnographic Museum at Geroskipou will be closed to the public from the 18th of June 2019 until the 30th of October 2019, due to restoration works


PRESS RELEASE: ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF THE PAFOS DISTRICT



The Department of Antiquities, in response to the many articles in the Press concerning the written allegations of the Mayor of Pafos regarding the renovation of the Archaeological Museum of Pafos District, would like to make the following statement:

The Archaeological Museum of Pafos District, like all the archaeological and ethnological museums that fall under the competent authority of the Department of Antiquities, is given the utmost attention by the Department. In response to the increasing development of the science of museology worldwide, the Department of Antiquities has over the last few years given emphasis to the modernization of museums, so as to enhance the promotion of the cultural heritage of Cyprus.

One of the primary goals of the Department of Antiquities with regard to museums is the improvement of the visitor’s experience, in both older and newly established museums so as to meet the demands of the public and to comply with new technologies. Each project entails the expertise of a wide range of specialists (archaeologists, museologists/museographers, conservators, architects, lighting specialists etc), to achieve the promotion and preservation of our cultural heritage in the best possible way. It is important to underline that each project has its own complexities since each museum has its own identity expressed through the artefacts on display and requires its own specific museological design.

At the same time, our primary concern is to adhere to standard procedures which the Department of Antiquities is following, in cooperation with the competent Departments and Services of the State. Therefore, Mr Phaedonos’ alleged claim that there have been problems relating to the structure of the tenders comes as a great surprise. Both the tender documents and the decision of the Tenders’ Review Authority have been publicised. In any case it is the tenderer’s undeniable right to appeal the decision of the Tenders’ Review Authority. In fact, the final decision of the Tenders’ Review Authority was in agreement with the competent authority, namely the Department of Antiquities.

We would, therefore, like to assure the public that the Department of Antiquities is constantly working for the upgrading of museums, archaeological sites and Ancient Monuments, with the aim of enhancing the visitor’s experience and ultimately for the protection and promotion of our cultural heritage.

PRESS RELEASE


The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, wishes to express its deepest grief concerning the damages caused by the devastating fire on one of the most iconic and important cultural heritage monuments of humankind, that of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

It was with great concern that we witnessed the events of 15 April 2019, which tragically resulted in the immense structural damage suffered by this emblematic world heritage monument of Paris, of France and of all humankind. The images circulated globally by the mass media and social networks were particularly disheartening, but as the fire is now completely extinguished, thanks to the courageous efforts by the Parisian fire fighters, the complete destruction of the Cathedral was evaded which thus provides hope for the preservation and restoration of this unique historic Monument to its previous magnificent grandeur.

We extend our heartfelt sympathy and express our solidarity, support and assistance to the French people and the French Ministry of Culture during this tragic time and we express our willingness to provide assistance in the restoration of Notre Dane. We hope that this will be the last major cultural loss that will be experienced by humanity as a whole, and whose protection is part of the collective duty of us all.



COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE DEPARTMENT OF ANTIQUITIES AND THE GETTY CONSERVATION INSTITUTE


The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, announces its collaboration with the Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles, for the development of a comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for the World Heritage sites of Nea Pafos and the Tombs of the Kings to guide their future preservation and enhance their full range of values, both cultural and natural. This collaboration, begun in 2018, involves mapping of the sites, assessments of significance, condition of mosaics and architectural remains, and the management context, including visitor management, and interpretation and presentation of the sites, followed by development of key responses to the main conservation and management challenges.

One of the principle challenges is protection and presentation of the exceptional mosaics and other significant features of the site of Nea Pafos; to this end, a meeting focused on sheltering these important archaeological remains is currently being held (2nd – 6th of April 2019). The meeting brings together an international group of specialists, from various fields of expertise, including architecture, engineering, environmental monitoring, hydrology, and experience with shelters in other World Heritage sites, to work with heritage professionals from the Department of Antiquities and the Getty Conservation Institute. The objective is to examine all factors that should be taken into account for the design and implementation of sheltering, ranging from the need to protect the archaeological remains, consider the natural values and environmental context, ensure the preservation of the mosaics, and enhance the interpretation, presentation, and visitor experience. The meeting is taking place on site, for an in-depth understanding of the context, the values and the challenges inherent in the process of shelter-design.

The site of Nea Pafos is the most visited archaeological site in Cyprus, and provides a unique natural landscape and cultural attraction. All activities undertaken in the framework of the Conservation and Management Plan, including this meeting on protective shelters, are ultimately aimed at preserving the values of Pafos – artistic, historic, social and natural – and communicating them to the local community and to visitors from around the world.





ANNOUNCEMENT: ILLICIT ACTIVITIES IN THE EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE OF THE REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS

The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works announces the successful prevention of illicit activities, concerning the survey for the location of antiquities in the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Republic of Cyprus without permission, in contravention of the Antiquities Law of Cyprus. This was achieved as a result of the co-operation of all the competent authorities, that is the Department of Antiquities, the Deputy Ministry of Shipping, the Ministry of Defense and the Cyprus Police.


ANNOUNCEMENT: CYPRUS MUSEUM

The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works announces that the Cyprus Museum will be closed on Saturday the 23rd of February 2019, from 8.00 to 13.00 due to an interruption of the electricity supply, as a result of works carried out by the Electricity Authority of Cyprus. The Department of Antiquities apologies to the public for any inconvenience caused.


CONSERVATION WORKS AT THE HOUSES OF DIONYSOS AND AION AT THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF KATO PAFOS, AND THE HOUSE OF EUSTOLIOS AT THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF KOURION

The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, announces that the Houses of Dionysos and Aion at the archaeological site of Kato Pafos, and the House of Eustolios at the archaeological site of Kourion, will be closed to the public, due to scheduled conservation works, during the following dates:

House of Dionysos: 18 February 2019 - 22 February 2019
House of Aion: 25 February 2019 - 26 February 2019
House of Eustolios: House of Eustolios: 13-14 March 2019

RENOVATION WORKS AT THE CYPRUS MUSEUM

The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works announces that, due to renovation works at the Cyprus Museum, some exhibition rooms may be closed to the public between Monday 28/1/19 and Friday 17/5/19. The Department of Antiquities apologises in advance for any inconvenience that may be caused.



PRESS RELEASE, 28th December 2018

ANSWER OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ANTIQUITIES ON THE RECENT ARTICLES PUBLISHED IN THE PRESS REGARDING THE REPATRIATION OF 100 BRONZE AGE ANTIQUITIES


I refer to a number of recent articles published in the daily press and in particular to the articles published in Politis newspaper on December 22, 2018 titled "Το Walk of Truth επαναπατρίζει αρχαιότητες της Εποχής του Χαλκού (Walk of Truth repatriates antiquities of the Bronze Age)" and in O Fileleftheros dated December 23, 2018 titled "Απονομή Δικαιοσύνης, ο επαναπατρισμός αρχαιοτήτων (Delivering justice, the repatriation of antiquities)" and I would like the following statement to be published in the press, so as to provide an accurate account of the events related to the issue:

The Cypriot antiquities that are in the collection of the English architect/artist David Johnson are known both to the Department of Antiquities and to the Law Office of the Republic of Cyprus and, contrary to what the above articles report, the Department of Antiquities replied positively to the offer of a "possible" donation of the antiquities to the Cyprus Museum, should Mr. Johnson eventually make the decision to donate them. The return, according to Mr. Johnson’s wishes, would occur after both he and his wife pass away. His final decision was however pending and as it turned out, it was dependent upon approval on behalf of the Department of Antiquities, of purchases of Cypriot antiquities from unknown sources, which he would not disclose, on the pretext that these would be returned to the Cyprus Museum after his death. In the latest communication between the Department of Antiquities and Mr. D. Johnson, dated 13 December 2018, the Department of Antiquities once more reaffirmed that, if he so wished, the Department would gladly accept his donation.

The fight against illicit trafficking and the suppression of the illicit trade of Cyprus’ cultural heritage, as well as that of other peoples, is a primary objective of the Department of Antiquities. It is thus evident that, the involvement of the competent Department in dealings of this kind is inconceivable. As Mr Johnson has already stated and according to the said press reports, in recent years foreign museums cannot easily accept collections of antiquities originating from other countries, even though, these have been allegedly "legally" acquired. We have not been informed of the content of the agreement between Mr Johnson and the organization Walk of Truth, but the repatriation of the Cypriot antiquities and "the choice of the appropriate space" for their exhibition, are the exclusive responsibility of the competent authorities, that is the Department of Antiquities.

Dr. Marina Solomidou-Ieronymidou
Director
Department of Antiquities, Cyprus



GUIDED TOURS TO THE EXHIBITION BY DIMITRIS ALITHINOS
“Hysteron, Proteron, Us”
Archaeological Museum of the Lemesos District
1st and 15th December 2018, 10:00-11:30

The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, announces that during the exhibition of Dimitris Alithinos Hysteron, Proteron, Us, guided tours will be offered during the following dates and times:

1st December 2018, 10:00-11:30
15th December 2018, 10:00-11:30

The exhibition takes place at the Archaeological Museum of the Lemesos District and it is organized within the framework of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, using the slogan “Our heritage: where the past meets the future”. The guided tours will be offered by Mr. Yiannis Violaris, Αrchaeological Officer of the Department of Antiquities.



REPATRIATION OF THE MOSAIC REPRESENTING APOSTLE MARKOS FROM THE OCCUPIED CHURCH OF PANAGIA KANAKARIA IN LYTHRAGKOMI

Rapatriation of the mosaic despicting the Apostle Markos from the occupied church of Panagia Kanakaria, Lythragkomi, Famagusta, Cyprus

The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, announces that the mosaic of Apostle Markos, which adorned the apse of the occupied church of Panagia Kanakaria in Lythragkomi, Famagusta District, has been repatriated to Cyprus from the Netherlands. The mosaic was located in the Principality of Monaco by the Dutch private detective Arthur Brand, known for tracing major works of art, working with the police authorities of many countries. Information about the mosaic was originally provided to the Cypriot authorities in 2016 by AHEPA, a Greek - American organization in the USA.

The walled mosaics of Panagia Kanakaria, dating back to the 6th century AD., are highly important works of art and among the few remaining early Christian mosaics in the world. The mosaic of Apostle Markos was violently detached and stolen from the church, between 1977-79 by Turkish looter and art dealer Aydin Dikmen, along with the rest of the mosaics depicting the Apostles and other saints. The mosaics were broken down into pieces and found their way in the international art markets.

Pieces of the mosaics, such as the figures of Apostles Luke, Bartholomew, Matthew, James, Thaddeus, Thomas and Andrew, as well as the upper part of the Virgin Mary and Christ, the hands of the Virgin Mary and the hand of Archangel Gabriel, have been gradually repatriated since 1983, while a few more pieces of the mosaic decoration are still missing.

The mosaic of Apostle Markos was handed over on the 16th November 2018 by Arthur Brand at the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in The Hague, in the presence of the Ambassador Mr. Elpidoforos Economou, Mr. Martin Finkelnberg of the Dutch Police and of the team travelling from Cyprus, composed of the Director of the Department of Antiquities Dr. Marina Solomidou-Ieronymidou, the Legal Counselor of the Holy Archbishopric of Cyprus Mr. Leonidas Georgiou, the Inspector Officer of the Assistant Chief of Police Mr. Michalis Gavrielides and Department of Antiquities' Conservator, specialist in mosaics, Dr. Eleftherios Charalambous. The repatriation was made possible through the coordinated actions of all involved authorities of the State including the Legal Service of the Republic, the Department of Customs and Excise and the Church of Cyprus.

The Department of Antiquities, in cooperation with all responsible authorities and bodies, continues its efforts to repatriate the remaining mosaics from the Church of Panagia Kanakaria, as well as all other cultural treasures that have been illicitly removed from the occupied areas of Cyprus.

Handing over of the mosaic of the Apostle Markos at the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in The Hague


ANNOUNCEMENT
The Department of Antiquities announces that due to the celebrations of Mevlid Kandili or Mawlid, an organised visit by a large number of pilgrims will take place at the Mosque of Hala Sultan in Larnaka. The mosque will not be accessible to the general public on Tuesday 20 November 2018.
We apologise for any inconvenience that may be caused.


ANNOUNCEMENT

The Department of Antiquities announces that the Ethnological Museum (House of Hadjigeorgakis Kornesios) will be closed for the public on Saturday 10 of November 2018, 09.30-13.00, due to improvement works in the building by the Electricity Authority of Cyprus. The Department of Antiquities apologizes for any inconvenience that may be caused.



Exhibition by Dimitris Alithinos
“Hysteron, Proteron, Us”
Archaeological Museum of the Lemesos District
31 October 2018 – 15 January 2019


World Heritage Site of Pafos selected as one of 34 World Heritage sites in the EU featured in ‘World Heritage Journeys’ sustainable travel web platform




The Department of Antiquities and the Cyprus Tourism Organisation announce their participation in the “World Heritage Journeys”, developed by UNESCO in collaboration with National Geographic, for the creation, for the first time, of a web platform dedicated to the promotion of sustainable travel to some of the most remarkable World Heritage sites in Europe. The initiative is co-funded by the European Union and features 34 selected World Heritage sites spread across 19 European Union countries.

UNESCO is now launching the web platform (https://visitworldheritage.com), and encourages people to ‘travel differently, travel deeper’, which means travelling beyond the major tourist hubs, staying longer and experiencing more of what the local region has to offer. In particular, the “World Heritage Journeys” launch will take place when UNESCO Paris Headquarters opens its doors to the public on 15-16 September 2018 for the celebration of the European Heritage Days.

“Our goal is to change how people travel. Staying longer in destinations, experiencing the local culture and its environment, and gaining a deeper knowledge and appreciation of World Heritage values,” said Mechtild Rφssler, Director of the World Heritage Centre at UNESCO.

“World Heritage Journeys” invites travelers to travel along four cultural heritage itineraries – “Royal Europe”, “Ancient Europe”, “Romantic Europe” and “Underground Europe” - which intertwine to tell fascinating stories of Europe's heritage and history. The website has practical information and tools to support travelers in planning their European holidays based on local knowledge about the destinations’ cultural heritage. “In addition to reaching travelers directly, we hope that the travel industry—including tour operators, travel agents, and local and national tourism authorities—will be inspired by the content we have curated, and will develop and promote authentic tourism that aligns with the goals of the project and reflects the outstanding universal value of World Heritage.”

World Heritage Journeys will also play a key role in attracting Chinese visitors to Europe for the 2018 EU/China Tourism Year, an initiative led by the European Commission and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People’s Republic of China in collaboration with the European Travel Commission (ETC). The website is available in English, Chinese and French. The platform also contributes to the goals of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage.

According to Frank Biasi, Director of digital development and travel programs at National Geographic Maps “This project is a great example of how National Geographic ignites the explorer in all of us looking to explore the farthest reaches of the Earth and beyond. It seeks to contribute to the economic health of the communities in and around the World Heritage sites, and guide tourists to unique cultural attractions and experiences, as recommended by local experts”. Biasi also says that “With this local knowledge, the website encourages travelers from North America, China and other major tourism markets to travel differently and travel deeper, and use the platform to inspire and plan their European trips.”

The Department of Antiquities and the Cyprus Tourism Organisation have been working in collaboration with UNESCO and National Geographic for over 18 months to develop inspiring and educational content to be featured on the platform. UNESCO has decided to include Pafos in the cultural heritage itinerary of Romantic Europe, as the birthplace of Aphrodite, the goddess of love (https://visitworldheritage.com/Pafos). Combined with other World Heritage destinations of romantic nature, the objective is to highlight the significance of Pafos’ archaeological and cultural heritage, in conjunction with other local values, such as the ones embedded in the unique nature, gastronomy, and hospitality, encountered in the broader region.

The promotion of these assets, as a whole, will attract visitors, and contribute in the sustainable growth of the island, and most importantly the reinforcement of the relationship between heritage and society. The information provided on the website, following the guidelines posed by UNESCO and National Geographic, is given in an attractive manner, and aims at establishing a bridge towards this end, by highlighting these values to locals and to people from abroad, deriving from different cultural contexts. This project also marks the close collaboration between the Department of Antiquities and the Cyprus Tourism Organisation aiming at further developing cultural tourism in Cyprus.

World Heritage sites participating in the “World Heritage Journeys”:

18th-Century Royal Palace at Caserta with the Park, the Aqueduct of Vanvitelli, and the San Leucio Complex (Italy)
Ancient City of Nessebar (Bulgaria)
Aranjuez Cultural Landscape (Spain)
Archaeological Area and the Patriarchal Basilica of Aquileia (Italy)
Archaeological Ensemble of Tαrraco (Spain)
Archaeological Site of Olympia (Greece)
Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars (France)
Cultural Landscape of Sintra (Portugal)
Gardens and Castle at Kromμψνž (Czech Republic)
Historic Centre of Brugge (Belgium)
Historic Centre of San Gimignano (Italy)
Historic Town of Banskα Štiavnica and The technical Monuments in its Vicinity, Slovakia
Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape (Czech Republic)
Major Mining Sites of Wallonia (Belgium)
Mines of Rammelsberg, Historic Town of Goslar and Upper Harz Water Management System (Germany)
Mining Area of The Great Copper Mountain in Falun (Sweden)
Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay (France)
Nord-Pas De Calais Mining Basin (France)
Palace and Park Of Versailles (France)
Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin (Germany)
Pafos (Cyprus)
Pont du Gard (Roman Aqueduct) (France)
Roman Monuments, Cathedral of St Peter and Church of Our Lady in Trier (Germany)
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (United Kingdom)
Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus (Greece)
Stari Grad Plain (Croatia)
The Par Force Hunting Landscape in North Zealand (Denmark)
The Royal Domain of Drottningholm (Sweden)
Tokaj Wine Region Historic Cultural Landscape (Hungary)
Upper Middle Rhine Valley (Germany)
Vilnius Historic Centre (Lithuania)
Wachau Cultural Landscape (Austria)
Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines (Poland)
Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen (Germany)



HALA SULTAN MOSQUE
NOT ACCESSIBLE TO VISITORS ON 28 AUGUST 2018

The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, announces that, due to the celebrations of Kurban Bayram or Eid Al-Adha, an organised visit by a large number of pilgrims will take place at the Mosque of Hala Sultan in Larnaka. The mosque will not be accessible to the general public on Tuesday 28 August 2018.


We apologise for any inconvenience that may be caused.


INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR MONUMENTS AND SITES, 18 APRIL 2018

“HERITAGE FOR GENERATIONS”

      Following a proposal by ICOMOS, the 18th April as of 1983, was designated by UNESCO as the International Day for Monuments and Sites. The day is celebrated each year with events that aim to make the public aware of their cultural heritage. Citizens are encouraged through various events and other activities, to learn about and appreciate their heritage.

      In this framework, a different topic is promoted on a yearly basis under which all events are centered around. This year’s theme is “Heritage for Generations”, which focuses on the transfer of knowledge between generations as a crucial step in cultural development. Inter-generational transfer of knowledge, combining the knowledge of experienced practitioners with the energy and dynamism of newer members provides for a more holistic approach.

      The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, announces that on the occasion of the International Day for Monuments and Sites, entry to the following archaeological sites and ancient monuments on 18 April 2018 will be free of charge.


        1. Archaeological site of Nea Pafos (Mosaics), Kato Pafos
        2. Necropolis of Nea Pafos known as “The Tombs of the Kings”, Kato Pafos
        3. Pafos Castle, Kato Pafos
        4. Archaeological site of Palaepafos, Kouklia
        5. Archaeological site of Agios Georgios, Pegia
        6. Archaeological site of Kourion, Episkopi
        7. Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates, Episkopi
        8. Medieval Castle of Kolossi, Kolossi
        9. Archaeological site of Amathus, Agios Tychon
        10. Archaeological site of Kition, Larnaka
        11. Neolithic site, Choirokoitia
        12. Archaeological site at the location Tenta, Kalavasos
        13. “Royal Chapel” of Agia Aikaterini, Pyrga
        14. Archaeological site and royal tombs of Ancient Tamassos, Politiko

        For the full PROGRAM of events press HERE

Press Release Ministry of Foreign Affairs


At a ceremony which was held yesterday, 29 March 2018 at the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in Berlin, two archaeological objects, which were illegally exported from Cyprus after the Turkish invasion of 1974, were handed over to the Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus in Germany, Mr. Andreas Hadjichrysanthou, by Mr. Gόnter Puhze and Mrs. Micaela Puhze owners of the Galerie Gόnter Puhze. READ MORE HERE




LIGHT IT UP BLUE - BLUE LIGHTING OF MONUMENTS AND MUSEUMS FOR INTERNATIONAL AUTISM AWARENESS DAY, 2 APRIL 2018

READ MORE HERE



HOUSE OF EUSTOLIOS, ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE KOURION

The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works announces that from March 15, 2018, the House of Eustolios at the archaeological site of Kourion will be open to the public.

CONSERVATION WORKS AT THE HOUSES OF DIONYSOS AND AION AT THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF KATO PAFOS, AND THE HOUSE OF EUSTOLIOS AT THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF KOURION

The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, announces that the Houses of Dionysos and Aion at the archaeological site of Kato Pafos, and the House of Eustolios at the archaeological site of Kourion, will be closed to the public, due to scheduled conservation works, during the following dates:

House of Dionysos: 12 February 2018 - 16 February 2018
House of Aion: 21 February 2018 - 22 February 2018
House of Eustolios: 26 February 2018 - 27 February 2018


ANNOUNCEMENT



The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, announces that due to the celebrations of
Mevlid Kandili or Mawlid, an organised visit by a large number of pilgrims will take place at the Mosque of Hala Sultan in Larnaka. The mosque will therefore not be accessible to the general public on Wednesday 29 November 2017.

We apologise for any inconvenience that may be caused.



PURPLE LIGHTING OF CASTLES AND THE CYPRUS MUSEUM ON THE WORLD PREMATURITY DAY, 17TH NOVEMBER 2017


The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, announces that on the 17th of November 2017 it will take part in the purple lighting promoted by the "Miracle Babies" Association on World Prematurity Day. The objective, through the purple lighting of the Medieval Castles of Pafos, Lemesos, Larnaka and the Cyprus Museum in Lefkosia, is to raise awareness on the problems involving preterm birth, and the need to establish an Intensive Care Unit for the Newborn.

The participation in this endeavor to raise public awareness is associated with the vision and mission of the Department of Antiquities for social cohesion, based on the principles and values of culture, so as to address problems and contribute in the development of modern civilisation. The purple lighting for Prematurity primarily highlights that our archaeological heritage includes all human values, from the moment of their birth. As the living nucleus of modern society, we must therefore protect and cherish our Culture.





As part of Celebrating Paphos2017 European Capital of Culture, an exhibition of photographs by Robert S³aboρski titled “IN THE HEART OF THE ANCIENT CITY. Research of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow at the Agora and beyond in Paphos Archaeological Park, Cyprus” has been organized this year.

The exhibition was inaugurated on the 6th of October 2017 by the Director of the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus, Dr Marina Solomidou-Ieronymidou in the presence of the Vice-Rector of Jagiellonian University, Professor Armen Edigarian, HE the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Cyprus, Mrs. Barbara Tuge-Ereciρska, the representative of the Ministry of Transport, Communication and Works, Mrs. Afrodite Koufterou, and Professor Ewdoksia Papuci-W³adyka, the Director of the ‘Paphos Agora Project’. The Mayor of Pafos, Mr. Fedonas Fedonos, as well as the members of the Municipal Council and many guests were also present.

The exhibition is on display at the Visitors Centre in the Archaeological Site of Pafos near the harbour and will be open until the end of December 2017. It is accompanied by a film by Hubert Chudzio titled “Paphos Agora Project” with English subtitles. A bilingual Polish-English catalogue of the exhibition has been published.




OPENING CEREMONY OF A PERMANENT EXHIBITION TITLED "CYPRUS, THE SEA AND THE LIGHTHOUSES: A DIACHRONIC HISTORY"
AT THE LIGHTHOUSE WITHIN THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF KATO PAFOS



The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, announces that on Wednesday 25th of October at 18:00, on the occasion of the restoration of the area of the Lighthouse within the archaeological site of Kato Pafos, the opening ceremony of a permanent exhibition titled "Cyprus, the sea and the lighthouses: a diachronic history" will take place. The ceremony will be accompanied by a music event under the direction of Giorgos Kalogerou with poetry by Nikos Kavvadias at the Odeon in the archaeological site. An artistic intervention by Victoria Coeln, with special lighting of the Lighthouse and the broader region, will also take place, in collaboration with the Embassy of Austria in Cyprus. A reception will follow.

The Department of Antiquities proceeded with the restoration of the wider area of the Lighthouse, due to its significance for the cultural heritage of Pafos, and Cyprus in general. The works undertaken formed part of the protection and promotion activities of the archaeological site of Kato Pafos, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage, as the Lighthouse, which is under the authority of the Cyprus Ports Authority, is located within this site. As the Department of Antiquities manages the area of the Lighthouse, the "houses of the Lighthouse keeper" and the surrounding area were restored, while footpaths were also created.

The archaeological, historical and cultural value of the Lighthouse, as well as the diachronic relationship between this region and the sea, is highlighted through the exhibition held by the Department of Antiquities, which is presented in two parts in the "houses of the Lighthouse keeper", in accordance with the spatial organization of the buildings. Moreover, due to the importance of the natural landscape, informative material was created in collaboration with the Department of Environment, the Fauna and Wildlife Service, and Birdlife Cyprus, so as to ultimately contribute to the protection of these unique environmental elements. This project comprises the first attempt to protect and present a Lighthouse in Cyprus and, based on the strategy of the Department of Antiquities, it aims at the preservation and promotion of our cultural heritage, as a whole.

The event, which has been included in the platform "Celebrating - Pafos 2017", is under the auspices of the Minister of Transport, Communications and Works, Mr Marios Demetriades, who will also inaugurate the ceremony. The event is open to the public.

International Colloquium

“NEA PAPHOS AND WESTERN CYPRUS
New Archaeological and Historical Perspectives”

The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, within the framework of Pafos, European Capital of Culture 2017, announces the organization of an international colloquium entitled: Nea Paphos and Western Cyprus, New Archaeological and Historical Perspectives.

The main aim of this scientific meeting, besides the presentation of new discoveries made by the archaeological missions currently working on the site of Nea Paphos, is to study the evolution of the city, as well as that of other sites in Western Cyprus, from the Hellenistic period to Early Medieval times.

Seventy distinguished scientists, archaeologists and historians working in the Pafos District from international and local universities and institutes will participate in the Colloquium. The presentations will cover the following topics: The beginnings of Nea Paphos, the urban development of Nea Paphos, relations of Nea Paphos with peripheral centres of Western Cyprus, Palaepaphos, Arsinoe and other sites, the Necropoleis of Western Cyprus, Art and architecture, Late Antiquity and Early Middle Ages.

The opening ceremony of the Colloquium will take place on Wednesday the 11th of October 2017, at 18:00 in Kouklia, at the Local Archaeological Museum of Palaipafos, and will continue on the following day, October 12th until October 15th in the Palaia Elektriki conference room, in Pafos from 8:00–19:00.

The languages of the colloquium are Greek and English.

The Scientific Committee
Dr Claire Balandier, Maξtre de conf. Hab. Universitι d’Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse
Dr Demetrios Michaelides, Professor Emeritus, University of Cyprus
Dr Jolanta M³ynarczyk, Professor, University of Warsaw
Dr Eustathios Raptou, Department of Antiquities of Cyprus
Dr Marina Solomidou-Ieronymidou, Director of the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus


ANNOUNCEMENT

HOUSE OF EUSTOLIOS, ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF KOURION

The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, announces that from September 4, 2017 until the Spring of 2018, conservation will be carried out at the House of Eustolios in the archaeological site of Kourion. As a result, during this period, the porticos with mosaic floors that surround the internal courtyard of the House, will be closed to the public. The Department of Antiquities apologizes for any inconvenience that may be caused.


ANNOUNCEMENT

HOUSE OF THESEUS, ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF NEA PAFOS

The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, announces that from August 3, 2017 until October 6, 2017, conservation will be carried out on the mosaic floors in the House of Theseus. As a result, during this period, rooms 39 and 40 (“Achilles first bath”) will be closed to the public. The Department of Antiquities apologizes for any inconvenience that may be caused.


The Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, Department of Antiquities, announces that as of the 16th of July 2017, the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Republic of Cyprus and the United States of America, concerning the imposition of import Restrictions on archaeological objects including ecclesiastical, ritual and ethnological objects dated up to 1850 A.D., is renewed for an additional five-year period.


The MoU, which entered into force in 2002, was renewed for two consecutive five-year periods, from 2007 to 2012 and from 2012 to 2017. In this latter period, an important development consisted of the inclusion of ritual and ethnological objects dating up to 1850, as well as of coins of the Classical, Hellenistic and Roman periods. The import of such objects into the USA is permitted only if the objects are accompanied with an export license, issued by the Republic of Cyprus. These same restrictions will be in force until 2022. The MoU’s renewal, reflects the strong commitment of the United States to help safeguard the cultural heritage of Cyprus and offers the opportunity for ongoing cooperation, aiming to reduce the illicit trade of cultural objects. This MoU is also considered to strengthen the bilateral relations of the United States of America with Cyprus.


PRESS RELEASE


The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, announces that the duration of the temporary exhibition “Amathous of Cyprus, a city most ancient” is extended until December 29, 2017.

The exhibition is presented at the Archaeological Museum of the Lemesos District. Due to the large numbers of visitors from schools and the wider public, the duration of the exhibition will be extended.

During the Summer period guided tours will be offered by Archaeological Officers of the Department of Antiquities during the following dates and times:

8 July 2017, at 10:00 (the tour will be offered in Greek)
29 July 2017, at 10:00 (the tour will be offered in English)
5 August 2017, at 10:00 (the tour will be offered in Greek)
26 August 2017, at 10:00 (the tour will be offered in English)

Guided tours will also be offered during the period September-December 2017. The dates will be announced at a later date.

ANNOUNCEMENT

The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, announces that, due to the celebrations of the month of Ramadan, a visit by a number of pilgrims will take place at the Mosque of Hala Sultan in Larnaka. Τhe mosque will therefore not be accessible to the general public on
Tuesday 27 June 2017.

We apologise for any inconvenience that may be caused.


ANNOUNCEMENT

The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, announces that on Wednesday 14 June, from 15.00-18.00 and Saturday June 17, 2017 the Cyprus Museum and the Ethnological Museum, The House of Hadjigeorgakis Kornesios will remain closed due to the Cyprus Rally 2017.

ANNOUNCEMENT

The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, announces that the Pafos Castle will be closed to the public on Saturday the 20th of May from 13.00 to 19.30 and on Sunday 21st of Μay 2017, from 11.00 to 13.30 due to events relating to “Pafos 2017”. The Department of Antiquities apologizes for any inconvenience that may be caused to the visitors of the monument.

LIGHT IT UP 4 HD - LIGHTING OF MONUMENTS AND MUSEUMS
FOR HUNTINGTON DISEASE (HD) MAY AWARENESS MONTH

The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, announces that from the 15
th until the 21st of May 2017, it will participate in the international event entitled Light it Up 4 HD, in the framework of Huntington’s Disease (HD) May Awareness month. Amongst other events, significant buildings and monuments worldwide will turn purple and blue (purple for Juvenile Huntington disease and blue for Huntington disease (HD) [for further information see: https://www.huntingtonsociety.ca/lightitup4hd/]. In the context of this event, the Cyprus Museum, the Medieval castles of Pafos, Lemesos, Kolossi and Larnaka, and other public buildings in Cyprus will turn purple and blue.

The Department of Antiquities supports the efforts of the newly established Huntington's Disease Association of Cyprus which, in collaboration with the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics, is dedicated to informing the public and supporting individuals and families affected directly or indirectly by Huntington's Disease. With this participation, once again, the Department of Antiquities declares the significance of cultural heritage in constructing a healthier and more humanistic present via the employment past.

PRESS RELEASE

The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, announces that on Tuesday May 9, 2017 from 12 pm and Wednesday May 10, 2017 the archaeological site of Kourion will be closed for the public due to the Annual General Meeting of the European Regional Development Bank.


ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF LARNAKA DISTRICT

The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works announces that from May 8th, 2017 until November 2017, the Archaeological Museum of Larnaka District will be closed for the public due to improvement works in the building as well as work concerning the new exhibition of the museum's archaeological collection. The Department of Antiquities apologizes for any inconvenience that may be caused.


INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURAL COMPETITION FOR THE NEW CYPRUS MUSEUM

The Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works announces that on September 16, 2016, the international architectural competition for the New Cyprus Museum was announced, and on January 20, 2017, the last date for the submission of proposals, a total of one hundred and twenty-nine (129) entries were received.

On February 3, 2017, the evaluation of the first stage of the Contest was completed and seven (7) architectural proposals for the New Cyprus Museum were selected, representing a wide range of different approaches.

The seven (7) architects / architectural offices selected are the following:

• DIMITRIS THOMOPOULOS – GREECE

• GILBARTOLOME ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN WORKSHOP SL – SPAIN

• PAUL KALOUSTIAN - LEBANON

• PEDRO PITARCH ALONSO – SPAIN

• SITE SPECIFIC, ARQUITECTURA LDA AND MANUEL AIRES MATEUS – PORTUGAL

• THEONI XANTHI – GREECE

• YANNIS KIZIS / KIZIS STUDIO SA ARCHITECTS & DESIGNERS – GREECE


The official announcement of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, dated 6/2/2017, can be found at the following link: http://www.mcw.gov.cy/mcw/mcw.nsf/All/1FC78915C13B8AF6C22580BF001D3FE6?OpenDocument


Services sought for the Conservation of Ceramic Finds from Underwater Excavations and Surveys as part of the Department of Antiquities’ work in the Conservation of Underwater Finds

The Department of Antiquities would like to inform prospective tenderers that clarifications have been posted on https://www.eprocurement.gov.cy/ceproc/cft/listClarification.do?resourceId=1839311



LIGHT IT UP BLUE - BLUE LIGHTING OF MONUMENTS AND MUSEUMS
FOR INTERNATIONAL AUTISM AWARENESS DAY, 2 APRIL 2017

The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, announces that on 2 April 2017 it will participate in the international event entitled Light it Up Blue, for the celebration of International Autism Awareness Day. In the context of this event, the Cyprus Museum, the Archaeological Museums of Lemesos and Larnaka Districts, the Local Archaeological Museum of Marion-Arsinoe, the Castles of Pafos, Lemesos, Kolossi and Larnaka, the Medieval Manor House at Kouklia, and the archaeological sites at Choirokoitia and Amathous, will be lit blue. The participation in this international endeavour to raise public awareness on the idiosyncrasies and difficulties faced by persons in the Autism spectrum and their families, aligns with the vision and mission of the Department of Antiquities to create a solid framework for social development based on archaeological and cultural values. With this action, the Department of Antiquities wishes to stress once again that the protection and promotion of our archaeological heritage does not exist independently of the social context, but comprises of actions targeted towards all citizens and for the prosperity of modern culture.

Services sought for the Conservation of Ceramic Finds from Underwater Excavations and Surveys as part of the Department of Antiquities’ work in the Conservation of Underwater Finds


The Department of Antiquities announces it is tendering for services for the conservation of ceramic finds from underwater excavations and surveys.

The project is funded 100% by the Honor Frost Foundation.

Deadline of application: 12 April 2017, 11am

To download the Tender Documents (in Greek) please click on the link below:

https://www.eprocurement.gov.cy/ceproc/cft/prepareViewCfTWS.do?resourceId=1839311

or contact 22 806708 or 22 865874.




RESTORATION WORKS AT THE PREHISTORIC
SETTLEMENT LEMPA / LAKKOI

The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works announces that at the Prehistoric settlement Lempa/Lakkoi will remain closed to the public from 15th of February, 2017 due to restoration works.


CONSERVATION WORKS AT THE HOUSES OF DIONYSOS AND AION
AT THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF KATO PAFOS, AND THE HOUSE
OF EUSTOLIOS AT THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF KOURION

The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, announces that the Houses of Dionysos and Aion at the archaeological site of Kato Pafos and the House of Eustolios at the archaeological site of Kourion, will be closed to the public, due to scheduled conservation works, during the following dates:

House of Dionysos: 20 February 2017 – 24 February 2017
House of Aion: 28 February 2017 – 1 March 2017
House of Eustolios: 2 March 2017 – 3 March 2017


GUIDED TOURS TO THE EXHIBITION
“Amathous of Cyprus, a city most ancient”
Archaeological Museum of the Lemesos District
7th October 2016 – 7th July 2017

The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, announces that for the duration of the temporary exhibition “Amathous of Cyprus, a city most ancient” at the Archaeological Museum of the Lemesos District, guided tours will be offered by Archaeological Officers of the Department of Antiquities during the following dates and times:

28 January 2017, at 10:00 (in Greek)
4 February 2017, at 10:00 (in Greek)
11 March 2017, at 10:00 (in Greek)
18 March 2017, at 10:00 (in English)
8 April 2017, at 10:00 (in Greek)
29 April 2017, at 10:00 (in Greek)
6 May 2017, at 10:00 (in English)
20 May 2017, at 10:00 (in Greek)
10 June 2017, at 10:00 (in English)
24 June 2017, at 10:00 (in Greek)
ANNOUNCEMENT
KOURION ARCHAELOGICAL SITE

The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Communications and Works, would like to inform the public wishing to celebrate Green Monday at the ancient Kourion beach, that ascending and descending the ancient Kourion Hill with 4X4 quad bikes and motorcycles is strictly prohibited. This area has been declared an Ancient Monument of Schedule A. In the last few years it has been observed that on Green Mondays, visitors taking part in such actions are destroying the archaeological stratigraphy and the architectural remains of the site. We would like to urge the public to avoid these activities as they are considered to be both dangerous and destructive for our cultural heritage.

We hope for your understanding in this serious matter and anticipate that the public will conform to the instructions of the Department of Antiquities.


CEREMONY IN THE BYZANTINE MUSEUM TO MARK THE REPATRIATION OF 173 CULTURAL TREASURES
The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Communications and Works announces that on Tuesday 12 November 2013, a ceremony will be organized in the Byzantine Museum of the Archbishop Makarios III Foundation, Nicosia to mark the repatriation of the 173 ecclesiastical cultural treasures which were stolen from the occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus. It constitutes the largest number of cultural objects ever repatriated in Cyprus and the repatriation was achieved after a long legal battle in the Regional Court of Munich. The 173 byzantine and post-byzantine antiquities that still bear the signs of irreversible damage caused during the process of their detachment from the churches, come from Greek-Cypriot churches and churches of the Maronite community. They are unique examples of ecclesiastical art of Cyprus and will be temporarily exhibited in the Byzantine Museum until the day of their return to the places where they belong.


NEW GUIDELINES FOR ARTICLES TO BE PUBLISHED IN
REPORT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ANTIQUITIES, CYPRUS (RDAC)
NEW SERIES

    The Editors of the Department of Antiquities have prepared new submission guidelines for articles to be published in the RDAC New Series (as of 2014). This decision aims at improving the scientific standard of the publication through peer-reviewing: the excavation/survey reports will be reviewed by an in-house committee and any other articles (study of objects, architecture etc) by external peer-reviewers. A standard referencing system will be used by all authors that will include footnotes and a list of works cited. Articles submitted for publication must be in either Greek or English only.

    With regard to the spelling of geographical names, the Department of Antiquities recognises the importance of the traditional spelling as in the archaeological literature. However, according to a decision by the Ministerial Council (no. 31.075 of 15.12.1988), all government services are required to follow the standardization as indicated in the publication by M.N. Christodoulou and K. Konstantinides, A Complete Gazetteer of Cyprus (Nicosia 1987). For this reason as well as for purposes of continuity, the standardized spelling of geographical names will be used in the article texts. However, in order to eliminate identification problems, a concordance index will be included at the end of the volume that will inform the reader as to the corresponding spelling in the archaeological literature.

    For more information or for queries, you may contact Mr Efthymios Shaftacolas (Archaeological Officer of Publications) via email (aphro21@hotmail.com) or by telephone (+357-22865815 / +357-99639673).



OPENING CEREMONY OF THE NEW VISITORS’ CENTRE
OF THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF KITION, LARNAKA

Friday, 18th of October 2013, at 5:30 pm


5:30 pm: Tour by personnel of the Department of Antiquities

6:00 pm: Address by the Minister of Communications and Works
Mr Tasos Mitsopoulos

Address by the Mayor of Larnaka
Mr Andreas Louroutziatis

Address by the Acting Director of the Department of Antiquities,
Dr Marina Solomidou-Ieronymidou

6:10 pm: Speech by the excavator of the site, Dr Vassos Karageorghis,
Professor Emeritus of the University of Cyprus

6:30 pm: Musical programme by the “Melodia” vocal group of Kition-
Aradippou Hellenic Music School


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A cocktail reception will follow at the Visitors’ Centre


PRESENTATION OF THE PILOT PROJECT
«GUIDED TOURS FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED PERSONS AT THE HOUSE OF DIONYSOS, ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF KATO PAPHOS»,
5 OCTOBER 2013

    The Department of Antiquities, aiming at increasing the relationship between all citizens and the archaeological sites and monuments of Cyprus, announces the presentation of the pilot project entitled “Tours for visually impaired persons at the House of Dionysos, Archaeological Site of Kato Paphos” by the Minister of Communication and Works, Mr. T. Mitsopoulos, on Saturday 5th of October 2013 at 17:30.

    The objective of the Department of Antiquities is to provide access to all citizens to the archaeological heritage of Cyprus. In particular, it is the first time that an opportunity is given to visually impaired persons to get familiar with and understand, in a direct and tangible manner, the archaeological material and related aspects, such as a mosaic and its manufacture technology. Most importantly, this project highlights further the value and great significance embedded in the preservation and promotion of our archaeological heritage.

    In collaboration with the School for the Blind “St Barnabas”, bilingual informative panels have been produced in the Braille writing system and placed at the “House of Dionysos”, while a plan of the same house in relief, enables a direct understanding of the architectural organization. Moreover, a copy of a mosaic has been created with dspaces in relief, in an attempt to provide an insight into the character of the motifs depicted on the surface. Guides have also been published in Greek and in English in the Braille writing system, as part of the efforts to provide accessibility to all available historic and archaeological information relating to the archaeological site of Paphos and the “House of Dionysos”. For the people with reduced sight the guides were published in an enlarged font. These guides will be provided to the persons with visual disability by the Department of Antiquities free of charge. In addition, the guards of the archaeological site have been trained by special trainers of the School for the Blind, so as to act as guides to visually impaired persons, in order to increase the benefits of their visit. It is important to note that this is a pilot project and that it will be soon applied to other monuments and other archaeological sites.

    The opening ceremony of the presentation of the pilot project will commence at 17:30 with a guided tour at the House of Dionysos by an Archaeological Officer of the Department of Antiquities. The event will continue at the ancient Odeon and will be addressed by the Minister of Communications and Works Mr. T. Mitsopoulos, the Mayor of Paphos Mr. S. Vergas, the Acting Director of the Department of Antiquities Dr M. Solomidou – Ieronymidou, and the Acting Director of the School for the Blind Mrs Pelagia Egglezaki – Karpasiti. The main part of the event comprises a concert by students of the Programme of the Ministry of Education and Culture for the Development of Musical Talents, under the artistic direction of Professor Mathaios Kariolou.

    Finally, a kite aerial photography exhibition of ancient sites and monuments of Cyprus by Mr. Thomas Sagory will be hosted for a week at the Visitors Centre of the Archaeological Site of Kato Paphos. The exhibition, entitled “Cyprus – An aerial perspective”, is co-organized with the French Institute of the French Embassy in Cyprus.




ROOM II OF THE CYPRUS MUSEUM

The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Communications and Works, announces to the public that Room II of the Cyprus Museum in Nicosia is currently under renovation and is closed to the public.


MOSAIKON TRAINING WORKSHOP

The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Communications and Works, announces that the second MOSAIKON training workshop in the conservation and management of archaeological sites with mosaics, will be held in Paphos from 28 April until 16 May 2014. The course is organized in collaboration with the Getty Conservation Institute and the Archaeological Research Unit of the University of Cyprus.

More information on the course, as well as the application form due by 30 September 2013, are available on the website

http://www.getty.edu/conservation/our_projects/education/mosaikon/mosaikon_course2014.html


PAFOS MEDIEVAL CASTLE

The Ministry of Communications and Works, Department of Antiquities, announces that the Paphos Medieval Castle will be closed to the public from the 26th of August 2013 to the 9th of September 2013, both dates included, due to works relating to the Paphos Aphrodite Festival 2013.

TREE PLANTING AT CHOIROKOITIA ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Communications and Works announces that on Wednesday, 7th August 2013 at 19:00 pm, tree planting will take place at the archaeological site of Choirokoitia in the presence of the Minister of Communications and Works, aiming to the restoration of the landscape at the site following the recent destructive fire.

REVISED OPENING HOURS FOR DISTRICT MUSEUMS

The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Communications and Works announces that the Larnaka, Limassol and Pafos District Museums will remain closed for the public on Saturdays during the period 1st August until 31st of December or until further notice.

REPATRIATION CEREMONY IN MUNICH

The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Communications and Works announces that on Tuesday 16 July 2013 a ceremony was organized to mark the extremely important decision taken by the Regional Court of Munich on the 18th of March, 2013 that follows the decision of the District Court of Munich delivered on September 2010 for the repatriation of cultural treasures, which were stolen from the occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus.

The ceremony involved the symbolic return of 173 objects of ecclesiastical art, which were stolen from churches in the occupied part of Cyprus after the Turkish invasion of 1974 and exported illegally. It took place in the Bavarian Police Department in Munich and was attended and addressed by the Minister of Justice of Bavaria, Beate Merk, the President of the Bavarian Police Department Dr Peter Dathe, the First Criminal Commissioner Dr Franz Weber, the Bishop of Neapolis Porfyrios on behalf of the Church of Cyprus and, Dr. Despo Pilides, Acting Director, on behalf of the Department of Antiquities. A representative of the Embassy of Cyprus in Berilin, as well as other distinguished guests and the Bavarian press were also present. The icon of St Basil from the church of Panagia Galaktoforousa at Palaikythro was presented to the Cypriot representatives, while another five objects were exhibited for symbolic reasons.

Even though restored so as to be able to travel to Cyprus, the signs of violent detachment and bad handling of the objects by the looters were evident. The exhibited objects comprised the wall mosaic fragment of St Thomas from Panagia Kanakaria at Lythrangomi, two fragments of the wall-painting of the Last Judgment from the church of Antifonitis at Kalograia, the icon of Christ from the church of Agios Theodoros, Karpasia, and the icon of Virgin Mary portraying Christ, Agios Ioannis Eleimon, and the portraits of the founders from the church of Agios Ioannis Chrysostomos at Koutsoventis.

This repatriation, which will take place in the near future, concerns the largest in number of cultural goods restitution case that the Republic of Cyprus has ever experienced. Also important was the significance attached to the event by the Bavarian press and mass media.




RENOVATION WORKS IN ROOM II OF THE CYPRUS MUSEUM
The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Communications and Works, announces to the public that between Wednesday 10th July 2013 and Tuesday 30th July 2013, inclusive, Room II of the Cyprus Museum in Nicosia will be
closed for visitors due to renovation works.









MUSEUM OF MAA-PALAIOKASTRO

The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Communications and Works, announces that as of Wednesday, 23rd of January 2013, the Museum of Maa Palaiokastro will remain closed for restoration work.

The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Communications and Works, announces that on the 11th January 2013, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus Dr. Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis and her counterpart Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of the Swiss Federal Council, Mr Didier Burkhalter signed an Agreement on the Import and Repatriation of Cultural Property in Bern. The Agreement, a result of consultation which began in 2006, concerns Cypriot and Swiss antiquities dated from prehistoric times until 1500 AD.

The Agreement prohibits the import of cultural goods in both states, when the national legislation of the source country has not been followed. At the same time, the Agreement outlines the framework of collaboration of the two countries in issues related to the return of cultural property that has been illegally exported from its country of origin and at the same time it promotes scientific collaboration and cultural exchanges between Cyprus and Switzerland.

The signing of the Agreement, along with the renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Republic of Cyprus and the USA (July 2012) concerning the imposition of import restrictions on Cypriot archaeological objects, is an extremely important step towards the enhancement of the protection of the cultural heritage of Cyprus and especially towards the prevention of the illegal trade of cultural treasures that are systematically being looted in the island’s occupied areas.


Signing of agreement between Republic of Cyprus -  Swiss Federal Council on the Import and Repatriation of Cultural Property



RENEWAL OF MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS AND USA

The Ministry of Communications and Works, Department of Antiquities, announces that on the 10th of July 2012 a ceremonial exchange of diplomatic notes was held between Cyprus and the United States of America signifying the renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Republic of Cyprus and the United States of America, concerning the imposition of import Restrictions on archaeological objects including ecclesiastical, ritual and ethnological objects dated up to 1850 A.D, as well as coins dating up to 1500 A.D.

The MoU, which entered into force in 2002, was renewed for an additional five years in 2007 and has now been renewed for a further five-year-period, extending to ritual and ethnological objects dating up to 1850. The import of such objects into the USA is permitted only if the objects are accompanied with an export license issued by the Republic of Cyprus. The MoU’s renewal reflects the strong commitment of the United States to help safeguard Cypriot heritage and offers the opportunity for ongoing cooperation, aiming to reduce the illicit trade of cultural objects. It also strengthens the bilateral relations of the United States of America with Cyprus.


anThrOPOS: Faces of Cyprus through the Ages

CYPRUS MUSEUM
(Special Exhibition Hall)

18 MAY 2012 – 18 JANUARY 2013



PROGRAM
FRIDAY, 18 MAY 2012

08:00 - 23:00 The Cyprus Museum will be open and entry will be free. At the Museum this year, celebrations for International Museum Day, the European Night of Museums and Cyprus’ Presidency of the Council of the E.U. will be combined.

An exhibition entitled: “anThrOPOS: Faces of Cyprus through the Ages” will be organised in the Cyprus Museum’s Special Exhibition Hall. The exhibition explores the human form as it is represented in the art of Cyprus from the Neolithic period until today, focusing specifically on depictions of the human face. Ancient stone and terracotta heads will be presented and emphasis will be placed on facial features, hairstyles, headdresses as well as various other mediums of body ornamentation (jewellery, tattoos etc) as depicted through the ages. Through this variety of representations the visitor will be able to trace features which highlight the concept of personal and group identity as well as trends in face representation throughout antiquity. The visitor’s journey will continue with an exhibition of unique photographic portraits of Cypriot villagers taken in the 30’s, 40’ and 50’s by Porphyrios Dikaios during his archaeological explorations of the island. This dialogue of past and present is completed with an audiovisual installation by Haris Epaminonda, inspired by faces of the past. The artist’s 2012 project is a new addition to her ongoing work entitled ‘Chronicles’ (2010-ongoing).

18:00-19:00 & 20:00-21:00 Guided tours

19:30 (Library): The new publication of the Department of Antiquities titled: “Faces and Places of Cyprus (1933-1956): Porphyrios Dikaios’ Photographs at the Department of Antiquities” will be presented by Professor Euphrosyne Rizopoulou-Egoumenidou, University of Cyprus.

20:00 - 23:00 Live jazz music with DKQ and reception in the gardens of the Cyprus Museum.



ANNOUNCEMENT

The Ministry of Communications and Works, Department of Antiquities, announces that, as of 16 July 2012, the following Museums will be open to the public on Mondays from 08:00 – 14:30:

- Lemesos (Limasol) District Museum
- Larnaka District Museum
- Pafos District Museum
- Local Museum of Marion-Arsinoe (Polis Chrysochous)


ANNOUNCEMENT: TAMASOS ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

The Ministry of Communications and Works, Department of Antiquities, announces that, as of 1 August 2012, visitors will be able to visit the Archaeological SIte of Tamasos only after telephone appointment, from Monday to Friday between the hours 9.30 - 17.00 (April - AUgust) and 8.30 - 16.00 (September - March).

Visitors are requested to contact Mrs Maria Michaeildou (99218525).




THE REPATRIATION OF THE WALL PAINTINGS
OF THE CHURCH OF AGIOS EUPHEMIANOS, LYSI




The Department of Antiquities expresses great satisfaction for the repatriation of the wall paintings of Agios Euphemianos of Lysi, which arrived in Cyprus on Friday 16th March 2012 and have been placed in the Byzantine Museum of Archbishop Makarios III Foundation in Nicosia.

The wall paintings, dating to the 13th century were once part of the interior decoration of the Church of Agios Euphemianos, also known as Agios Themonianos, in currently occupied Lysi. The Christ Pantocrator, surrounded by a frieze of angels, as well as the Preparation of the Throne attended by the Mother of God and St. John the Baptist is depicted on the dome. In the conch of the apse, the Mother of God is depicted, flanked by the Archangels Michael and Gabriel. The decorated interior of Agios Euphemianos is considered to be one of the most important works of Cypriot religious art, an integral part of the cultural heritage of Cyprus and the wider Byzantine culture.

The wall paintings have been returned to Cyprus, after having been kept for nearly three decades in the Menil Foundation in Houston, Texas in the USA, following the coordinated efforts of the competent authorities of the Republic of Cyprus and the Church of Cyprus. The willingness of the Menil Foundation to return the wall paintings is much appreciated. The successful return of the wall paintings was achieved in a spirit of co-operation and provides evidence for the positive international climate created through various international and bilateral agreements between states that support the return of illegally exported treasures. Cyprus is actively involved in the efforts to protect cultural property, through the signing of memoranda with the United States of America and other countries and by participating in European and international fora.

The difficult task of the transportation of the wall paintings in Cyprus was achieved through the close collaboration between the Department of Antiquities, the Holy Archbishopric of Cyprus and the Menil Foundation. Conservators of the Department of Antiquities and the Menil Foundation conserved the wall paintings prior to their move, supervised their packing and accompanied the antiquities from the Menil Foundation Museum to the Byzantine Museum in Nicosia. In preparing the infrastructure for the re-exhibition, a large multidisciplinary team was involved including archaeologists, conservators, architects, civil engineers and specialised companies for transportation and installation. We express our gratitude to the Menil Foundation for its cooperation and we hope that its actions will set an example for the return of other important Cypriot antiquities, which are still abroad.

The wall paintings have been placed in a specially designed area in the first room of the Byzantine Museum of Archbishop Makarios III Foundation, in an attempt to provide as close an authentic setting as possible for the wall paintings. Our wish, however, is that the wall paintings will one day return to their place of origin, in the chapel of Agios Euphemianos in Lysi, after the restoration of the monument that is now in a bad state of preservation, stripped of its interior decoration.

The repatriated wall paintings have only filled a small gap in the lacuna created after the looting and illegal export of the cultural heritage of communities such as Lysi, where the memory of this heritage is retained alive through the reminiscences of its inhabitants.



CONSERVATION WORK AT THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF KATO PAPHOS, HOUSE OF AION




COMPLETION OF CONSERVATION WORKS AT HOUSE OF DIONYSOS, KATO (NEA) PAPHOS

The Ministry of Communications and Works, Department of Antiquities, announces to the public that all conservation works at the House of Dionysos, at the archaeological site of Kato Paphos, have been completed.

The project on the conservation of the mosaics and the upgrade of the shelter at the House of Dionysos was conducted by the Department of Antiquities in four phases. The project lasted for one year. The first phase of the mosaic conservation involved rooms 5 (geometric pattern), 6 (Phaedra and Hippolytos), 7 (geometric pattern), 8 (the Rape of Ganymede), 9 (geometric pattern). The second phase involved the mosaics found in the atrium (10, 11, 12 and 16). The third conservation phase involved rooms 2 (Narcissus), 3 (the Four Seasons), 15 (the Peacock), 13 and 14 (geometric patterns). The final phase involved conservation of the pebble mosaic floor depicting Scylla (room 1) and the mosaic floor depicting the Triumph of Dionysos (room 4).

Prior to the conservation of the mosaics, the Department of Antiquities had conducted a research focusing on the ancient manufacturing technology of the mosaics, the type of rocks used and their characteristics, as well as the composition and the characteristics of the plaster.

The large-scale works that were conducted for the shelter´s upgrade involved the replacement of the wall panels with wooden panels, the replacement of doors and windows, the internal and external painting of the shelter and the pedestrian bridges, the foreclosure of the roof, the installation of gutters, gully grates and water pipes to remove the water from the atrium and the shelter, and the disinsectisation of the shelter.








PRELIMINARY AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENTS OF CYPRUS AND SWITZERLAND IMPOSING RESTRICTIONS ON THE ILLICIT
TREFFICKING OF ANTIQUITIES

The Ministry of Communications and Works, Department of Antiquities, announces that the Government of the Republic of Cyprus and the Government of Switzerland initialed a bilateral agreement on 24 May 2011, after negotiations held between the representatives of Switzerland and the representatives of the Department of Antiquities, the Ministry of Communications and Works, the Legal Service and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the imposition of restrictions on the illegal import of cultural goods.

The agreement is launched within the context of the general efforts for the protection and preservation of the cultural heritage of both countries and the prevention of the illicit trafficking of cultural goods. It also specifies that the two countries will co-operate in the field by exchanging information, expertise and through the organization of exhibitions, conferences and training seminars.

The agreement was initialed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Communications and Works Mr. Michael Constantinides and the Head of the Specialized Service of the Swiss Federal Office of Culture Mr. Benno Widmer.

Initialing of important preliminary agreement between Cyprus and Switzerland imposing restrictions on the illicit trafficking of antiquities



MOSQUE OF HALA SULTAN

The Ministry of Communications and Works, Department of Antiquities announces that every Fridays the Mosque of Hala Sultan (Hala Sultan Tekke) in Larnaka will be closed between the hours of 13.00 until 15.00.
MOSQUE-CHURCH OF AGIOS ANDRONIKOS (POLIS CHRYSOCHOUS)

The Ministry of Communications and Works, Department of Antiquities, announces that, as of 15 June 2010, the working hours of the Mosque (Church of Agios Andronikos) in Polis Chrysochou, are as follows:

Monday – Friday 10.00 – 13.00
Saturday Closed
Sunday 8.30 – 16.00

CYPRUS - CHINA AGREEMENT ON CULTURAL PROPERTY

For the purpose of protecting cultural heritage, Cyprus and China proceeded to initial a Memorandum for the prevention of the theft, clandestine excavation and illicit import and export of cultural property.

The agreement was initialled on the 8th of May by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Communications and Works, Makis Constantinides and the Deputy Director-General of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage of China, Dong Baohua, in the presence of the Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to Beijing, Marios Ieronymides, the Director of the Department of Antiquities, Pavlos Flourentzos, and the Director of the Department of Merchant Shipping, Sergios Sergiou and their Chinese counterparts.

According to the official announcement, “this agreement is considered important in relation to the cultural wealth of both countries. Cyprus has already signed a similar agreement with the U.S.A. In this way the government of Cyprus is trying to achieve the greatest protection possible for its cultural heritage”..

ANOUNCEMENT

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

The Ministry of Communications and Works, Department of Antiquities announces that on the 20th of July 2007 a ceremonial exchange of diplomatic notes was held between Cyprus and the United States of America signifying the extension of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that protects the rich archaeological and ethnological heritage of Cyprus.

The MOU, which entered into force in 2002 is extended for an additional five years, effective July 16, 2007. Its continuation reflects the strong commitment of the United States to help safeguard Cypriot heritage and offers the opportunity for ongoing cooperation to reduce further pillage, thereby increasing opportunities for scientific study of intact sites. It also illustrates the strength of U.S – Cyprus bilateral relations.

The MOU enables the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to continue import restrictions on pre-Classical and Classical archaeological objects and Byzantine period ecclesiastical and ritual ethnological material unless accompanied by an export permit issued by Cyprus.

Much of the history of the island can be understood only from archaeological remains, because historical texts are very rare. The rich archaeological heritage of Cyprus illustrates the interaction of the island’s inhabitants with neighboring societies, while maintaining a unique Cypriot character. Byzantine ritual and ecclesiastical material such as icons, mosaics and frescos - ranging from approximately the 4th century A.D. through approximately the 15th century A.D. – illustrate the high degree of artistic achievement in Cyprus.

With the extension of this MOU, the list of restricted categories was amended to include ancient coins of Cypriot types produced from the end of the 6th century B.C. to 235 A.D. Coins, a significant and inseparable part of the archaeological record of the island, are especially valuable to understanding the history of Cyprus.

It is worth noting that this is the first time that the U.S have accepted to include coins in such a Memorandum.

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ANNOUNCEMENT

The Ministry of Communications and Works (Department of Antiquities), following a resolution of the Council of Ministers (No. 65.484), announces that the free entry of Cypriots and Europeans to the museums and archaeological sites of Cyprus on Sundays will no longer apply from 1.1.2008.


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