Polish cultural heritage abroad

An extremely important part of the Ministry’s activities beyond the borders of our country is the protection of Polish heritage. They primarily consist of conservation of architectural monuments, cemeteries, museum objects and archives, and commemoration of prominent figures and historic events. The most important projects involve works in the cathedrals in Grodno and Zhitomir, and Latin and Armenian cathedrals in Lviv, the Sanctuary in Berdichev, The Tyszkiewicz Palace in Zatrocze in Lithuania, temples in the Ukraine, Latvia, Belarus and Georgia. Restoration works cover Polish cemeteries scattered on all continents - Łyczakowski and Janowski cemeteries in Lviv, Bajkowy in Kiev, Polish cemetery in Zhitomir, Municipal in Chernivtsi and in Daugavpils, and the Catholic fragment of St. Michael Cemetery in Riga. A new exposition has been opened in the Museum of Józef Ignacy Kraszewski in Dresden (Germany), preparations are underway in Berdichev (Ukraine) to open the Museum of Joseph Conrad, and The Adam Mickiewicz Museum in Istanbul (Turkey) underwent redecoration. The Juliusz Słowacki Museum in Krzemieniec, open since 2004, receives constant care. In 2011, the long-time Polish-Indian project to rescue the legacy of Stefan Norblin at Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur ended. Severely damaged art deco wall paintings, paintings and interior design drawings of the palaces in Jodhpur, India, have been completely restored. Many prominent Poles have been honoured with plaques and monuments, including Juliusz Słowacki in Kiev and Bronislaw Pilsudski in Shiraoi, on the Japanese island of Hokkaido.

Issues related to the ascertainment, documentation, recording, arrangement, proper maintenance and protection of war graves and cemeteries are regulated by agreements on war graves: signed in Rome on 30 March 2012, the Agreement between the Polish Government and the Italian Government, and the Agreement between the Polish Government and the Hungarian Government on the graves of soldiers and civilian war victims and memorials dedicated to their memory - signed in Warsaw on 24 October 2013.