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Greece on the Spotlight of Cultural Tourism

Two important museums and an ancient theatre opened their ‘gates’ to the public, renewing the interest of tourists to these destinations and highlighting Greece’s cultural tradition.

Following a nine years restoration period, the Archaeological Museum of Kythera is now fully renovated and housed in a building located in Chora village dating back to 1911. It offers you the chance to see archaeological finds from Kythera and Antikythera, which cover a period from 5000 BC to the 3rd century AD. The museum tells the story of the islands, focusing on their cultural id, how they were influenced and took shape by being in the crossroads of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea route. The exhibition follows the modern museology and design formats, which serve educational purposes and entertain the visitor by using visual as well as multimedia material.

The Museum of Ancient Eleutherna, the first archaeological site museum on the island of Crete, is located 30km southeast of the city of Rethymno and had its grand opening in mid-June 2016 (covering an area of 1.700 m²). Its three halls are home to exhibits covering the city’s entire history from 3000 BC to 1300 AD. Video projections help out in telling the story, making your visit to the museum all the better.

In Hall A you will take a glimpse of Eleutherna’s political, religious, social, and private life throughout time as well as various objects imported from other Cretan sites, the Aegean Islands and the Mediterranean. The exhibits in Hall B are related to religious life and worship at Eleutherna, dating from the Early Iron Age to Christian times, whereas Hall C is dedicated to Eleutherna’s cemeteries focusing on the finds from Orthi Petra necropolis. This cemetery is a reference to the Homeric description of Patroclus’s funerary pyre (Iliad, Book XXIII). Finally, in the south wing of the Museum you’ll come across a Lecture Hall which actually is a special area with seating where small temporary exhibitions, conferences, and presentations take place.

The grand opening of the restored ancient theatre on Milos Island aims in becoming a culture hub for both the local community and for its visitors. Its opening kicked off with a ceremony comprising a concert by children’s choir from the “Miloans Arts” Cultural Association and concluded with Petro Zoulia’s theatrical play “Melian Dialogue” which is based on the renowned dramatic set-piece debate by the ancient Greek historian Thucydides.

The theatre was originally built by the inhabitants of the ancient settlement of Klima in a prominent location on a hillside, probably during the Hellenistic period (3rd century BC). During the Roman period, on the theatre’s surviving foundations, a much larger theatre was built decorated with wonderful reliefs and white marble brought in from Paros Island. It is estimated that the theatre had approximately a 7.000 spectator capacity. What has been preserved till this day are seven marble rows of seats, the auditorium, the orchestra, the floor of the stage and other architectural parts of the theatre. It has excellent acoustics and due to its location offers legendary views to Milos’ harbour.

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