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Tilos to Get Long-awaited Archaeological Museum

Construction works for the creation of an archaeological museum on the island of Tilos in the Dodecanese will begin in September 2017, the South Aegean Region announced recently. The new Tilos Archaeological Museum is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.

The creation of an archaeological museum has been a long standing demand of the island’s residents. It will finally be built in an area, south of the island’s traditional settlement Megalo Chorio with the latest bioclimatic technology and renewable energy practices.

The museum will house unique archaeological artifacts, while it will constitute the starting point of further archaeological and ecological research on the island, the South Aegean Region said.

Among the island’s historic, cultural and religious elements to be highlighted are the Harkadio Cave, the ancient poet Irina, Tilos’ archives of noble families, jewelry from the ancient graves of the Kena area and information on the frescoes of Byzantine and post-Byzantine churches. Information will be provided through visual material and multimedia applications, while the  Museum will publish a guide in the Braille writing system.

The plan also foresees the creation of a multi-purpose hall, which will host the island’s cultural events and educational programs.

The region also announced that restoration and preservation works in the interior of the Agios Panteleimonas Monastery, located in the western part of the island, will enter their final stage.

Both projects, worth 2.38 million euros, will be funded by the South Aegean Region Operational Program and the European Regional Development Fund.

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