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Culture Minister accompanies refugees to Acropolis on World Refugee Day

A group of refugees from Schisto Accommodation Centre in western Attica got a rare opportunity. To visit the historical monument of Acropolis and the Parthenon.

The visit was organized by the Ministry of Culture on the occassion of World Refugee Day on June 20.

Minister Lydia Koniordou accompanied the group.

Together with archaeologists the minister guided the group through the archaeological site of the Acropolis and showed them at the other historical monuments surrounding the Greek holy rock.

Lydia Koniordou spoke to the teenager refugees about the historical significance of the Parthenon as well as about the freedom and democracy values this World Heritage represents.

two pictures and a 140-character tweet by @MediaGovGr, the official twitter account of the Greek Secretariat General for Media and communication.

The Acropolis of Athens is a unique monument on an extreme rocky hill in the Greek capital. Construction work started in the 5th century B.C under famous Greek statesman Pericles (495-429 BC).

The Acropolis is one of the most influential cultures in human history and was recognized as a World Heritage site in 1987. In acknowledgement of its gravity and symbolic presence throughout history, UNESCO has stated that the Acropolis can be seen as the symbol of World Heritage itself: “Illustrating the civilizations, myths and religions that flourished in Greece over a period of more than 1,000 years, the Acropolis, the site of four of the greatest masterpieces of classical Greek art – the Parthenon, the Propylaea, the Erectheum and the Temple of Athena Nike – can be seen as symbolizing the idea of world heritage.”

PS thanks to @MediaGovGr, the official twitter account of the Greek Secretariat General for Media and communicatio for providing the info.

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