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Ancient Nemea to be awarded EU Heritage Label

The archaeological site of the Ancient Nemea will become the second heritage attraction in Greece to be awarded the EU’s Heritage Label, the Culture Ministry announced on Friday. The award ceremony will take place on June 13 in Brussels. Located near the city of Corinth in Peloponnese, Nemea is steeped …

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British Museum faces legal action over Parthenon Marbles 3D scan refusal

The Oxford-based Institute for Digital Archaeology (IDA) is planning to take the British Museum to court over its refusal to allow a 3D reproduction of a piece of the Parthenon marbles in its collection, daily the Guardian reported on Tuesday. Roger Michel, executive director of UK’s leading heritage preservation organisation …

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Statue of Athena handed out to Palermo Museum in exchange of Fagan fragment

A statue of goddess Athena from the Acropolis Museum was handed out to the Antonino Salinas Regional Archaeological Museum in Palermo, Sicily, Greece’s Culture Ministry announced on Wednesday. Athena will be exhibited in Palermo in exchange of the so-called Fagan fragment from the Parthenon frieze that was borrowed to the …

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First ever photograph of the Acropolis Parthenon dated 1839

The first ever photograph of the Parthenon on the Acropolis of Athens was taken in August 1839, two months after the presentation of Daquereotype. The picture was shot by Pierre-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière, a French businessman and amateur daguerreotypist, famous for being the first to photograph the Acropolis of Athens …

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Epidaurus: Rainfall unearths marble statue likely depicting goddess Hygeia

The marble statue of a woman in a robe was found near excavations at Ancient Epidaurus’ agora area, the Culture Ministry  said on Thursday. the high-quality statue most likely depicts the goddess of health and cleanliness Hygeia. The statue was discovered on December 16, when intense rainfall cleared a section …

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Steinhardt Collection: 47 stolen antiquities return to Greece

Forty-seven illegally trafficked Greek artifacts among the dozens surrendered by American hedge-fund billionaire Michael Steinhardt under a deal with US authorities will be returned to Greece in the coming days, the Culture Ministry announced on Thursday. The ancient items that will be returned originated from Central Greece, Crete, the Cyclades …

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UN General Assembly unanimously adopts Greece’s resolution on return of cultural property

The United Nations General Assembly has unanimously adopted a resolution proposed by Greece for the “Return or restitution of cultural property to the countries of origin.” Greece’s three-year resolution was supported by an unprecedented 111 countries, the Foreign Ministry said in a post on Twitter on Tuesday. The resolution was …

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Accessible Athens Routes: Interactive website for tourists with disabilities

  A website created as a pilot project by the Municipality of Athens and the official Athens Guide ‘This is Athens’ in collaboration with the social enterprise ‘Me Alla Matia’, is now available to provide information on accessible routes and sites for tourists with either visual or mobility disabilities. The …

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Ten rare Parthenon fragments return “home” to the Acropolis Museum

Ten fragments of the sculptural decoration of the Parthenon will be transferred to the Acropolis Museum from the warehouse of the National Archaeological Museum, where they have been kept until now. The fragments include parts of human figures from the eastern and southern frieze of the Parthenon and its northern …

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2500-year-old shipwreck discovered during seabed survey to lay power cable off Kythera (video)

A rare and unique shipwreck form the Classical Era has been revealed during the marine survey for the Crete-Peloponnese subsea interconnection, the Independent Power Transmission Operator (IPTO) announced on Thursday. The rare shipwreck was revealed while surveying the seabed near the island of Kythera for the construction of Crete-Peloponnese subsea …

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