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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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“Athenian Routes”: Athens Municipality program in May also in English

The Athens Culture Net of the Municipality of Athens offers the “Athenian Routes” a program with historical tours, artistic experiences and walks in the month of May. The aim of the program is that participants get to know through the routes special parts of the city, invisible corners, but also …

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Private collector Daskalopoulos donates 350 works of contemporary art

Prominent private collector Dimitris Daskalopoulos has announced the donation of a large part of his collection of important works of contemporary art, which consists of more than 500 pieces, to four museums located in in Greece, Britain and the USA. The donation by Daskalopoulos, who is the custodian of the …

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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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British historian Mark Mazower receives honorary Greek citizenship

Internationally acclaimed British historian and award-winning author Mark Mazower was sworn in as a Greek citizen on Monday, in recognition of his “exceptional contribution” to Greece. At a special event, 63-year-old Mazower was sworn in as a Greek citizen by Interior Minister Makis Voridis. Specializing in Balkan and Greek history, …

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Emblematic Greek painter, Alekos Fasianos, passes away at 86

One of Greece’s most important contemporaneity painters, Alekos Fasianos, passed away at the age of 86 early Sunday evening.  He died in his home, surrounded by his wife and their two children. In the last years he was suffering from  health problems. The emblematic painter sealed with his works a …

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“We Need Books”: Library with 14,000 books in 30 languages in downtown Athens

“We Need Books” is an NGO that functions as a library and, more broadly, a multicultural space in Kypseli, a vibrant and culturally diverse neighbourhood in the centre of Athens. The library features 14,000 books in over 30 languages and at least 6 alphabets, and also includes a children’s library. …

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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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