The ministry said the Venetian castle located in the harbor of Nafplio will open in the first week of August and admission will be free of charge through to August 17.
The announcement came after Culture Minister Lina Mendoni signed a memorandum of understanding with Panagiotis Balomenos, executive director and acting CEO of the Hellenic Public Properties Company SA (ETAD).
In addition to opening the monument to the public, the ministry and ETAD agreed to create over time a café area, shop and exhibition space.
It should be noted that in 2019, a total of 2.7 million euros under the EU’s National Strategic Reference Framework 2014-2020 (known as the ESPA program), were secured for the upgrade of the Bourtzi Fortress.
Works, which included restoration, reconstruction, electricity, plumbing and technological upgrades, and accessibility works were completed in 2021, said the ministry.
The Bourtzi Fortress, built on the islet of Agioi Theodori in 1471-1477 by the Italian engineer Antonio Gambelo, has in the past served as a prison, government headquarters, a hotel, a restaurant, even as the home of an executioner. Designated as a landmark in 1922, the Bourtzi was closed in 1995.