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Greece recognised for its achievements in cultural heritage conservation and dedicated service

Each year, Europa Nostra, a member-based organisation whose mission is to safeguard Europe’s cultural heritage, recognizes achievements in this area at its annual European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards. The award “celebrates excellence and dedication by architects, craftsmen, volunteers, schools, local communities, heritage owners and media.”

This year 28 winners were selected from among 226 submitted projects from 31 countries. The awards are split into four categories – conservation, research, dedicated service, and education, training and awareness raising. Each category has its own specialist jury, composed of independent experts from across Europe.

Greece was amongst the top winners this year receiving four distinctions: three in the category “conservation” and one in the category “dedicated service.”

Over 1200 people and dignitaries attended the awards ceremony that took place on June 1st, at the majestic Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon, a world heritage site.

The ceremony marked the 10th anniversary of the awards. Hosting the event were Maestro Plácido Domingo, President of Europa Nostra and Ms. Androula Vassiliou, European Commissioner responsible for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth. "I would like to warmly congratulate this year's winners for reminding us of our wonderfully rich and varied heritage that we should never take for granted. It is in our trust for future generations," said Commissioner Vassiliou.

In the category “Conservation”, Greece received the following awards for:

The Averof Building – School of Architecture, National Technical University

According to Europa Nostra:

"The conservation project of the Averof Building has been awarded as an excellent example of a fine and sophisticated restoration and renovation intervention, on a building that constitutes one of the most important creations of European Neoclassicism, directly influenced in its design by the Monuments of the Athenian Acropolis. Fully restored to its original architectural quality and equipped with the most adequate contemporary technological infrastructure installations, the Averof can rest assured of the continuation of its use as an educational institution, the purpose for which it had been originally intended."

Ancient Citadel at Aghios Andreas, Sifnos

According to Europa Nostra:

"The archaeological conservation project at Aghios Andreas has been awarded as an excellent example of display and enhancement of archaeological remains … Through the implementation of the project a well-organized archaeological site has been created, with antiquities well preserved and accessible to the wider public. …
The final objective of the project was to create a fully accessible archaeological site that was suitable for visitors and which had facilities for the protection and enhancement of the antiquities, while ensuring that all constructions and interventions were designed and executed in harmony with the hill’s natural environment.”

"The archaeological conservation project at Aghios Andreas has been awarded as an excellent example of display and enhancement of archaeological remains … Through the implementation of the project a well-organized archaeological site has been created, with antiquities well preserved and accessible to the wider public. …
The final objective of the project was to create a fully accessible archaeological site that was suitable for visitors and which had facilities for the protection and enhancement of the antiquities, while ensuring that all constructions and interventions were designed and executed in harmony with the hill’s natural environment.”

Windmills of the Monastery of St. John the Theologian, Patmos

According to Europa Nostra:

"… The jury was asked to consider several different mills from across Europe for this year’s awards and comparisons were therefore inevitable. Among the windmills, the Jury agreed that this group in Patmos was outstanding in the detail and completeness of its restoration, and in the imaginative uses to which each mill was to be put for future production or education. As a group, the three form an integral part of the island landscape’s aesthetic …This project aimed at restoring the windmills to their original appearance and design, making them productive by reinstating their traditional use and adapting them to new uses. It sought to open the windmills to the public as a living museum, thereby recapturing and applying lost knowledge that would delight and educate both islanders and visitors alike. The project has resulted in a revitalised, working and aesthetically beautiful heritage site".

In the category “Dedicated Service”, Greece won the award for:

The Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation, Athens
According to Europa Nostra:

"The Jury was much impressed by the altruistic approaches of the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation, and praised the important work done to grant derelict heritage buildings a second life by transforming them into regional museums, well suited to attract the public at large … It is an excellent example of the creation and management of museums in the Greek regions, while also ensuring sustainability and supporting regional development.
Seven technological thematic museums have been created, whilst two more are on the way. These museums highlight distinctive productive activities, representative of each region, and, through their outreach activities, become a point of reference for the local population.”

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