Famagusta celebrates International Day of Monuments and SitesApr 20, 2015
On saturday April 18, 2015, Famagusta marked the International Day of Monuments and Sites with a guided walk through the Othello Tower, Ravelin and Martinengo Bastion.
The walk was organised by the United Nations Development Programme Partnership for the Future in collaboration with the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage and the European Commission.
The event brought together more than seventy Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots participants from very different backgrounds: architects, engineers, historians, but mostly citizens caring for their common heritage.
Dalia Hamzah and Marilena Issaias, participants to the tour commented: “We are not working in this field, but we think that being culturally aware is important for the sustainability of cultural heritage, and although we were not experts, we found the tour very interesting. We believe that through this kind of heritage studies, our future is being restored.”
The tour was guided by Mr. Rand Eppich from the Spanish company responsible for the Study “Survey, Investigations, Assessment and Project Design” of the three sites and representatives of the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage.
April 18 is globally observed as the International Day for Monuments and Sites. The international day aims to bring global attention to the need to conserve monuments and sites as our cultural heritage and celebrate its diversity.
The International Day for Monuments and Sites was proposed by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) on 18 April 1982 and approved by the General Assembly of UNESCO in 1983.