Admission to archaeological sites, museums, and monuments in Greece under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Culture and Sports is free today, Thursday, April 18, 2024, in honor of International Monuments and Sites Day.

April 18th is recognized as the World Day for Monuments and Sites, designated by UNESCO and the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). This proposal originated during an ICOMOS symposium in Tunisia on April 18, 1982, and was officially adopted by the UNESCO General Assembly in November 1983.

The International Day for Monuments aims to boost awareness about preserving Cultural Heritage. Events worldwide serve to raise public awareness, highlight the importance of monuments, their challenges, and advocate for their protection and integration into modern social, cultural and political life.

Each year, the Greek branch of ICOMOS marks this anniversary with special events. They propose initiatives to designate the day as free entry to monuments, publish an annual catalog of at-risk cultural heritage assets, and raise awareness among youth about monument protection.

Additionally, the Ministry of Culture devotes the World Day for Monuments and Sites to children.