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International Greek Language Day on Feb 9 (VIDEO)

International Greek Language Day is celebrated on February 9 to spread awareness about its significance in shaping World civilization. The Day highlights the extraordinary role that the Greek language has played in the global development of literacy, science, philosophy and culture. Officially launched in 2017 to coincide with the annual …

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Three antiquities return to Greece from Carlos Museum/Emory University

The Michael C. Carlos Museum of Atlanta-based Emory University is repatriating three antiquities to Greece. The antiquities were believed to have been looted from three different geographical areas of the country – Crete, Epirus and Attica – and illegally exported abroad, the Greek culture Ministry said in a statement. The …

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Tenea: Rare Greek coins and part of Hadrian’s aqueduct unearthed in Tenea

Archaeologists in Greece have discovered 29 rare Greek silver coins and unearthed part of one of the largest hydraulic projects from the ancient world: an aqueduct that the Roman emperor Hadrian built to supply water to the city of Corinth from a lake 50 miles away. The remnants of the …

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Ticketing outsource at the Acropolis: Guards launch work-stoppage

Guards at archaeological sites across Greece walked off work for four hours on Tuesday to protest government plans to outsource ticketing for the Acropolis. Guards warn of more protest actions. The work stoppage took place form 8 a.m. until 12 o’ clock noon on Tuesday, January 16, 2024. The union …

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Hagia Sophia: Turkey charges €25 entrance fee to foreigners

Foreign tourists visiting the former Orthodox Christian cathedral of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul will have to pay an entrance fee of 25 euros from Monday, January 15, 2024. This was announced by Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Ministry already some time ago. The 1,500-year-old Byzantine cathedral, which was converted from a …

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Palace of Aigai: The restored palace of Philip II of Macedon inaugurated (photos)

The impressively restored Palace of Aigai of Philip II of Macedon has been inaugurated on Friday, after restoration that lasted sixteen years. Constructed during the reign of Philip II (359-336 BC), the Palace of Aigai is not only the biggest but, together with the Parthenon, the most significant building of …

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Dozens of historically significant religious icons recovered by police

Greek Police has located and confiscated 56 old church icons and arrested a  43-year-old man and a 74-year-old woman, accused of violating the legislation on the protection of antiquities and cultural heritage in general. Experts have confirmed that at least 20 religious icons from a haul of 52 seized by …

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Parthenon Marbles in UK is like cutting the Mona Lisa in half, says Greek PM

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said returning the Parthenon Marbles to Greece is about “reunification” not “ownership.” In an interview on the British state broadcaster BBC on Sunday, the Greek PM added that Greece will continue to pursue the return of the Parthenon marbles, although progress in negotiations is slow. “If …

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Cameras on the Acropolis to prevent theft of “small souvenirs”

The risks of theft of  small “souvenirs” from the scattered stones and marble pieces at the Holy Rock of the Acropolis of Athens are great as there are visitors who often try to take with them a small piece, even though this is exprecessely prohibited. Cameras is the solution. There …

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Man arrested for illegally hoarding ancient artifacts in his garden

A 62-year-old man was arrested in the northern town of Drama on Wednesday for the illegal hoarding of ancient artifacts in his garden. Police found in the man’s garden fragments of an associated sarcophagus cover, likely dating back to the Roman period, twelve built-in sections of inscribed Muslim sepulchral stele, …

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Timed entrance introduced at the Acropolis to avoid crowding

A new system of timed entrance to the archaeological site of the Acropolis went into effect on Monday, September 4, 2023. The system implemented with several months delay aims to protect the monument, avoid crowding and make it easier for visitors to enjoy the experience. The daily limit of visitors …

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Greece’s Culture Ministry follows developments at British Museum “very carefully”

Greece’s Culture Ministry is closely following developments at the British Museum after the curator of Greek collections, Greek sculpture and the Hellenistic period was sacked after the disappearance of precious objects. The Ministry is following the developments “very carefully”Minister Lina Mendoni has said describing the incident as “extremely sad and …

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Full moons August: Events at Greece’s archeological sites, museums

Archaeological sites, museums and other monuments throughout the country will be open on the first night and last night of August for visitors to enjoy the two full moons of August. Admission to the sites will be free of charge on these nights and the Culture Ministry has organized, as …

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