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Mt Athos treasures on digital interactive exhibition at Athens Concert Hall

A digital interactive exhibition of rarely seen codexes, documents and objects kept in Mt. Athos, the all-male monastic community of northern Greece, is opening to the public on Friday, October 16, at the Athens Concert Hall. The exhibition “Passage into the Light”, will include digitized objects that span a thousand …

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The Palace where Alexander the Great was born revealed in “coastal” Pella

The Palace where Alexander the Great was born is being revealed and archaeologists estimate that the site will be able to receive visitors as of summer 2021. The palace is located in Pella, western Macedonia, northern Greece. In this building, part of which was excavated in 1957, when no one …

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Full version of Greek language learning tool “staellinika” launched online

The full version of the Greek language e-learning platform “StaEllinika” was launched on October 6, 2020. The program teaches  Greek language, mythology, culture and history. The final version was presented on Tuesday by the Secretary General for Public Diplomacy & Greeks Abroad of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ioannis Chrysoulakis. …

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Archaeological Museum of Pella receives Traveler’s Choice Award 2020

The Archaeological Museum of Pella was awarded the 2020 Traveler’s Choice Award by the international travel site Tripadvisor. This is an award given to businesses, places to visit, attractions, monuments, etc., which consistently receive excellent reviews from travelers and are ranked within the top 10% of Tripadvisor’s proposals. Situated near …

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Acropolis and monuments get new light – Live streaming Sept 30

The Sacred Rock of Acropolis is getting a new illumination system that will upgrade its uniqueness to a new spectacular event. The official opening of the illumination of the Acropolis will take place at 20:00 on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, and will be live streaming. According to a statement issued …

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Victoria Hislop sworn in Greek citizen, was received by Prime Minister

English author Victoria Hislop was officially sworn-in as Greek citizen during a special ceremony held at the interior ministry. Hislop was awarded an honorary Greek citizenship in July 2020 for her work promoting modern Greece’s history and culture. The author of the best-selling 2005 novel “The Island”, which was later …

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Greek Culture Minister on Mycenae fire: “Visitors will see some burned grass”

With a cynical statement Greek Culture Minister Lina Mendoni commented on the situation of the archaeological site of Mycenae that suffered damage from a wildfire on Sunday. “In the next few days, visitors will see a little black on the ground. The dry grass has been burnt, and it was …

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Wildfire passes through Mycenae archaeological site (picts)

The flames of a wildfire passed through the archaeological site on Mycenae on Sunday afternoon. Visitors and staff were evacuated. In a first evaluation of the situation and the damages, the Culture Ministry said in a statement late Sunday that the fire did not “really damaged the priceless antiquities.” However, …

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Elephants, rhinos, hippos roamed the Pinios River valley, central Greece

One of the things that would sound really strange to today’s Greeks would be to expect to see in the countryside elephants, hippos, and bison, but things were not always this way according to current research – wild mammals found today in Africa and in Asia were once roaming in …

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Non-conformist poet Dinos Christianopoulos passes away at 89

Enfant terrible of Greek contemporary literature,  poet Dinos Christianopoulos passed away at the age of 89 on Tuesday. The real name of the short stories author, essayist, researcher and published was Konstantinos Dimitriadis. Christianopoulos was born in Thessaloniki, to a family of refugees from Eastern Thrace. He studied at the …

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Twelve icons stolen from Greek churches return from the UK

A 19th-century religious icon showing the Baptism of Christ and another 11 icons stolen in 2005 from the Church of the Dormition of the Visokos Virgin in Kalouta, in the central Zagori district of Ioannina, have been returned from the United Kingdom. According to a statement by the Greek Culture …

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“Medea and other friends I met in Athens”: Unique ancient theater in English

For the second year in a row, a unique performance of ancient Greek theatre -with a twist – helps travellers in Athens to complete their experience of Greece. Right, under the Acropolis. The performance “Medea are other friends I made in Athens” is in English. It is “the funniest 60 …

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First underwater archaeological museum inaugurated off Alonisos (video)

The first underwater museum in Greece was inaugurated off coast of the island of Alonisos, Sporades, on Saturday. Shipwreck Peristera is now the oldest marine archaeological site that can be visited. The inauguration ribbon was cut in the clear blue waters of the Aegean Sea at a depth of 25 …

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Metro extension works unearth the Hellenistic past of Piraeus

The works to extend the Athens metro Line 3 towards Piraeus have included large-scale salvage excavations by archaeologists to depths unusual for such projects, with associated finds that include rare wooden remains from homes and even tree branches of antiquity. The excavations have brought to light more details in the …

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RAKIBUSTERS – Cretans Save the World: Comedy Video in ENG

RAKIBUSTERS is a comedy video dealing with the contemporary problem of our times: the pandemic. Three Cretan kazanarides (ie raki producers) follow the instructions of a crazy expat scientist who discovers the substance to get rid of the new virus. That’s right! That’s the famous national drink on Crete, the …

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