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International Day for Monuments and Sites, 2011
18/04/2011

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INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR MONUMENTS AND SITES
18TH OF APRIL 2011
THEME: CULTURAL HERITAGE OF WATER

In 1982, UNESCO designated the 18th of April as the International Day for Monuments and Sites. The aim was to promote cultural heritage beyond the select group of sites on the World Heritage List and to encourage both individuals and local authorities to learn more about cultural heritage, to appreciate its value and to incorporate it in their lives at a social, cultural and financial level.

The theme this year for the International Day of Monuments and Sites is the “Cultural Heritage of Water”, which aims towards demonstrating the importance of water in the development of civilizations.

From the prehistoric period, humans have been occupied with ways in which to obtain and use the most precious of raw materials, water. This has led to the creation of an important category of cultural heritage and involves monuments, objects and technology. The cultural heritage of water relates not only to the technology and architecture developed for the management, use and celebration of its life-giving properties but also to those intangible values that have shaped our beliefs and practices.

The Ministry of Communications and Works, Department of Antiquities, announces that on the occasion of the International Day of Monuments and Sites, a handing-over ceremony will be held for the Watermill of Idalion, as well as the inauguration of an exhibition titled “The management of water in Cyprus over the centuries”. This event is organized in cooperation with the Municipality of Idalion. A free leaflet dedicated to the Cultural Heritage of water in Cyprus will also be available at the museums of the Department of Antiquities. Entry to the following archaeological sites and ancient monuments on Monday the 18th of April 2011 will be free.

Archaeological site of Tamassos, Politiko.
Archaeological site of Kition, Larnaca.
Neolithic site of Choirokoitia.
Archaeological site of Kalavassos “Tenta”.
Archaeological site of Kourion, Episkopi.
Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates, Episkopi.
Kolossi Castle.
Archaeological site of Amathous, Agios Tychon.
Archaeological site of Kato Paphos, “Mosaics”.
Necropolis “The Tombs of the Kings”, Kato Paphos.
Archaeological site of Palaepaphos, Kouklia.
Archaeological site of Agios Georgios, Pegia.





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