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The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, announced that ICOMOS Cyprus and the Department of Antiquities with the support of National Commission for UNESCO co-organised an event entitled ‘The Drywall Rural Landscape’, as part of the celebrations of the International Day for Monuments and Sites, which took place at the village of Omodos.

The event was held at the Monastery of the Holy Cross (Timios Stavros Monastery) at Omodos on April 18.

In 1983, UNESCO adopted April 18 as the International Day for Monuments and Sites after it was proposed by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).

Since then, April 18 has been celebrated every year with events, with the intent to raise public awareness on cultural heritage, encouraging the communities to participate in various activities in order to familiarize and appreciate their own cultural heritage, in all of its aspects.

Every year, within this framework, a different theme is promoted and celebrated, with this year theme entitled ‘Rural Landscapes’ in hopes of raising public awareness and to protect the Rural Landscape.

This year’s International Day for Monuments and Sites offers was the opportunity for people to celebrate and appreciate the Cypriot Rural Cultural Landscape.

On this day, ICOMOS offered opportunity for National and International Scientific Committees to encourage and raise awareness to local communities and individuals on the importance of rural landscapes and how they aided in influencing and shaping the local character of communities.