During his official visit to Cyprus, President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda and his wife visited the archaeological site of Nea Paphos, where Polish archaeological are underway. The ancient city has been studied by Polish archaeologists for over half a century.
The Presidential Couple and their delegation were shown around the archaeological site by Prof. Ewdoksia Papuci-Władyka, head of a joint research project of the Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology, Jagiellonian University in Krakow and Warsaw University of Technology. This is the first visit of this kind in the long history of PCMA UW research. The delegation was accompanied by, among others, Prof. Alojzy Nowak, Rector of the University of Warsaw, and Assist. Prof. Artur Obłuski, director of PCMA UW.
In their speech during a meeting, both presidents referred to the research conducted by Polish archaeologists in Cyprus. President Andrzej Duda also mentioned the establishment of a permanent scientific institution in Paphos, the PCMA UW Research Centre in Cyprus.
The year 2021 marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Poland and Cyprus. Shortly after the official relations were established, Polish archaeologists led by Prof. Kazimierz Michałowski, doyen of Polish Mediterranean archaeology, arrived in Cyprus. Over the following decades, the PCMA UW expedition conducted investigations at the site of Nea Paphos. Polish archaeological work in Cyprus remained an important part of the Polish-Cypriot scientific and cultural cooperation, and archaeological discoveries made by Polish archaeologists, including magnificent mosaics and sculptures, contributed to the inscription of Nea Paphos on the UNESCO World Heritage List.