Andrzej Duda ends his visit to Cyprus. After visiting the capital, he came to Paphos, where Poles have been conducting archaeological missions for several decades. From the mayor of Phedonas Phedonos, the president received the golden key to the city. “What is in Paphos, what you can discover in Paphos is absolutely extraordinary, unique,” said Duda.
Friday is the second and last day of the president’s visit Andrzej Duda and his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda in Cyprus. After meetings in Nicosia the presidential couple visited Paphos. The city plays a special role in Polish-Cypriot relations – due to the presence of Polish archaeological missions since the 1960s.
During the meeting with the mayor of Paphos Phedonas Phedonos, Andrzej Duda received from him the golden key to the city. The mayor also mentioned the archaeological mission in his city that had been carried out for many years. – This support is extremely important, which proves the sensitivity of Poles. This connects our two communities – he said.
He assessed that the archaeological activity of Poles in Cyprus is “an extremely important cultural contribution by a large Central European country to a small Mediterranean country”.
– The golden key is a kind of thank you for visiting our city. It is also an expression of the fact that both Poland and the Republic of Cyprus believe and follow the same values as equal members of the European Union – he explained.
President Duda commented that the golden key to the city is an “extraordinary distinction” and he accepts it as a sign of great friendship and great openness on the part of Paphos and its inhabitants towards Poles and towards Polishness.
– I bow my head humbly over the keys to Paphos, which is the cradle of European civilization. This is why the Polish archaeological mission has been constantly here since 1965. Precisely because Paphos and what there is in Paphos, what you can discover in Paphos is absolutely extraordinary, unique. I am very proud that the hands and minds of Polish scientists contribute to revealing these foundations of European civilization and the culture that was born here – he said.
The president and his wife also visited the archaeological site in Paphos, at the site of the work carried out by a team of Polish archaeologists led by Professor Ewdoksia Papuci-Władyka.
Polish archaeologists in the Cypriot Paphos
Polish archaeologists came to Cyprus thanks to Professor Kazimierz Michałowski over half a century ago. Since 1965, the expedition of the Center of Mediterranean Archeology of the University of Warsaw has been working in Nea Paphos, one of the ancient capitals of the island. Among other things, it is her discoveries, which include works of mosaic and sculptural art, that made Nea Paphos a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These discoveries not only contributed a lot to the knowledge of ancient culture, art and history of Cyprus and the entire Mediterranean world, but also contributed to the development of the city as one of the greatest tourist attractions in Cyprus.
Main photo source: Grzegorz Jakubowski / KPRP