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Colossus of Rhodes to Rise Again

The Colossus of Rhodes will rise again, if ambitious plans by the mayor of Rodos, Yiannis Iatridis, to rebuild the ancient statue come to fruition. Mayor Iatridis said that Cypriot sculptor Nikos Gotziamanis had undertaken both to carry out the project and find funding for it.
Posted On 01 Mar 2005

National Archaeological Museum Near Completion

The country's biggest showcase of antiquities, the Athens National Archaeological Museum, currently functioning at under half-capacity pending repairs for earthquake damage, will fully reopen this summer, the government said last month.
Posted On 01 Feb 2005

Hopes for Continuation of Cultural Olympiad

Stamatis Mavros, President of the Hellenic Culture Organization, during the presentation of the Cultural Olympiad last month at Zappeion Hall, said that the main idea that led us to the Cultural Olympiad was based on the necessity for a series of remarkable cultural events during...
Posted On 01 Sep 2004

National Archaeological Museum Reopens

After three years of intensive renovations, and the restoration of some 9,000 statues and precious artifacts, the National Archaeological Museum in Athens reopened its doors to the public last month. Although only 32 of the 54 exhibition halls have reopened, visitors are sure to...
Posted On 01 Jul 2004

Museums Ready to Re-open for Summer

Work on the road and the site has made the Marathon archaeological site unrecognizable as it undergoes refurbishment. As for the museum within the site, scheduled to be ready in June, work has begun on the walkways and planting is in progress.
Posted On 01 Apr 2004

Museums and Sites to be Accessible to People with Special Needs

A special inter-ministerial meeting on the Olympic Games last month reiterated promises to render Athens more compatible with the needs of physically disabled people ahead of next September's Paralympics.
Posted On 01 Nov 2003

Another Step Back for Acropolis Museum Project

The Council of State reportedly said the supreme administrative court has rejected as illegal initial plans for the 94-million-euro glass and concrete New Acropolis Museum project.
Posted On 01 Aug 2003

Dora Stratou Performances Underway

In the idyllic surroundings of Philopappou Hill, opposite the Acropolis, in the Dora Stratou garden-theatre, regional cultures come to life during the warm Athenian summer nights.
Posted On 01 Jul 2003

Athens Festival Readies For New Season

Hellenic Festival has announced its program for both the Athens Festival and Epidaurus Festival. The Athens Festival begins June 2 with Andrea Bocelli in Concert. Programs continue through until September 28. These include opera, classical and contemporary dance, orchestras,...
Posted On 01 May 2003

Another Museum Closed For Renovations

One by one, Greece's major archaeological museums are closing down for refurbishment ahead of the 2004 Olympic Games. The fear expressed by Greece's travel professionals is that this simultaneous rush will leave many visitors over the next year and one-half standing enraged...
Posted On 01 Feb 2003

Acropolis Gets New Museum

The new Acropolis Museum, designed by architects Bernard Tschumi and Michalis Fotiadis, soon begins construction so as to meet the completion date of August 2004. Plans foresee a plain yet somewhat elegant building that takes nothing from the wonder of a first sight of the...

New Acropolis Museum Ready For 2004 Olympic Games

Pressure will be exerted on Britain internationally to return the Elgin marble collection of sculptures taken from the Parthenon, albeit in the form of a "long-term loan," as the 2004 Olympics approach, said Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos last month.

A Four-year Cultural Plan Announced

Greece's cultural ministry recently announced four-year cultural activity plan in view of 2004 Athens Olympics. The project is called the Cultural Olympiad and will include large-scale events. The cultural ministry has formulated a budget of some 35 billion drachmas for the...

Extended Hours for Greek Museums and Sites

The Greek Culture Ministry last month announced extended visiting for the country’s main museums, archaeological sites and national monuments. Opening hours for visitors from May 10 until June 30 are from 0800 to 1900 hours daily, except Mondays for some (Acropolis, Olympia,...

Greek Tourism Museum Planned

An association made up of Greek women in the tourism profession recently decided to create a Greek tourism museum somewhere within the central Athens area.

Jewish Museum Greece Doubles Number Of Visitors

The Jewish Museum of Greece, considered the fourth in importance throughout Europe, hosts some 7,000 artifacts of historical and religious importance. And after its move to new quarters, the museum doubled its annual number of visitors.