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Alexandroupolis Gets its Own Archaeological Museum

Greek border town Alexandroupolis welcomed its own archaeological museum this week inaugurated by Greek Culture Minister Lina Mendoni.

The Archaeological Museum of Alexandroupolis features items uncovered during excavations in the wider Macedonia and Thrace Region and aims to showcase the history of the area.

The museum’s permanent exhibition casts the spotlight on the coastal zone of Evros narrating the history of the region through more than 1,000 ancient objects on display in shows such as the “Maritime Routes”, “The Peraia of Samothrace”, “Makri” and the “Ancient Zone”, among others.

“Today, we present the Archaeological Museum of Alexandroupolis, a landmark which will promote and teach the history and culture of the Regional Unit of Evros,” said Mendoni.

Greek Culture Minister Lina Mendoni cutting the ribbon at the inauguration ceremony of the Archaeological Museum of Alexandroupolis.

She went on to add that a current ministry priority is to ensure that all prefecture capitals have their own archaeological museum – “a place of culture, education, entertainment, social gatherings and at the same time, a tool for development for each region”.

Budgeted at 6 million euros and covering an area of 2000m2, the museum was initially completed in 2016 with the permanent exhibition securing 2.8 million euros in EU ESPA funding for the 2014-2020 period.

Mendoni said the ministry in collaboration with local authorities are creating key attractions, centers of development, projects that will contribute to local, regional, and national growth.

“By learning our history and our past, we arm ourselves in the present, creating an promising and well-designed future,” she said.

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