Central ceremonies marking the International Monuments Protection Day were held on 20-21 April 2006 in Wroclaw, with Lech Kaczynski, President of the Republic of Poland, as the honorary patron. The leitmotif was the presentation of those monuments which possess particular significance for the European and even global heritage, as well as distinguishing those persons who during the last year made a particular contribution to the protection of monuments. The main ceremonies, attended by representatives of the Church and state authorities, took place in the Wroclaw Town Hall. The eminent guests included, i. a. Kazimierz Michal Ujazdowski, Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Helmut Schöps, the German Consul General, Cardinal Henryk Gulbinowicz, and members of the scientific staff associated with the protection of historical objects. The event, coordinated by the National Centre for Monuments Study and Documentation, involved the presentation of awards to the winners of numerous prestigious competitions, held by the General Conservator of Monuments and the Association of Conservators of Monuments.