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Working Group Set Up to Preserve, Promote Rhodes Medieval City

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With the aim to preserve and promote the Medieval City of Rhodes, Culture Minister Lydia Koniordou announced the establishment of a working group during her visit to the Dodecanese island this week.

South Aegean Regional Governor Giorgos Hadjimarkos and Culture Minister Lydia Koniordou

“It is a very important initiative… the government’s policy is to cooperate with local communities to promote and protect our cultural heritage,” Koniordou said of the working group to consist of culture ministry and local government officials who will present proposals for an action plan.

While in Rhodes, Koniordou met with South Aegean Regional Governor Giorgos Hadjimarkos and the island’s mayor Fotis Hadjidiakos. Hadjimarkos raised a series of issues including the fairer allocation of culture ministry funds which come from revenue collected at South Aegean archaeological sites and monuments, as well as ways to simplify development and investment through closer collaboration between the ministry and regional authorities.

Inscribed in 1988 by UNESCO as a World Heritage site, the Medieval City of Rhodes, which includes the highly visited Palace of the Grand Master,  is Europe’s largest active medieval town, home to some 6,000 inhabitants, and has featured in a number of films, including the famed The Guns of Navarone.

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