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Extended visiting hours for museums and archaeological sites

Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Yeroulanos announced new extended visiting hoursof a number of museums and archeological sites in Greece on May 18.
The ministry said that the list will be further enriched in the future weeks, depending on the availability of staff.
The list includes some of the most popular sites and museums in Greece such as the Acropolis of Athens – Archaeological Site, which will be open from 8.00-19.00, all year round; the Thessaloniki Museum of Byzantine Culture; the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki; the Archaeological Site of Philippi; the Archeological Museum and site of Mycenae; the Archeological Museum and site of Epidaurus; the Archaeological site of Mystras; the Archeological site and Museum of Afaia, Aegina; the Archeological Museum of Messenia; the Archeological site of Ancient Messene; the Catacombs on Milos island; the Herakleion Archeological Museum; the Archeological site of Knossos and the Spinalonga island on Crete.
The list also includes the Archaeological Museum of Drama; the Church of Panagia Kosmosoteira (Our Lady, Saviour of the World), in Ferres; the Grevena Archaeological Collection; the Museum of Asian Art, Corfu; the Archaeological Collection of Arta; the Byzantine Museum of Ioannina; the Ioannina Treasury; the Fortress of Ioannina; the Igoumenitsa Archaeological Museum; the Nekromanteion of Acheron; the Athanasakeion Archaeological Museum in Volos; the Archeological site of Nea Aghialos, Magnesia; the Byzantine Museum of Fthiotida at Ypati; the Monastery of Osios Loukas; the Corinth Archeological Museum.
Ministry of Culture & Tourism:  Brief Guides to Archaeological Museums in Greece Part I & Part II; YouTube: Culture in Greece [VIDEO] [Photo 3: The Nekromanteion of Acheron – Oracle of the Dead]
(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)

Ideal Winter Destinations

» Papigo, Embraced by Mountains

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA) Papigo is one of the 46 villages of the residential, cultural, and historical unit of Zagori.

Situated in the north-east of Ioannina, Papigo is built at the foot of the Mountain range of Timfis and it is separated in two districts, the Big and the Small Papigo.

Above the village, there are very high imposing rocks, known as the towers of Papigo and Drakolimni, one of the several alpine lakes of Epirus.
The ravine of Aoos, the impressive gorge of Vikos and the river Voidomatis are some of the natural beauties of the area.
The traditional architecture, the rich cultural heritage and the hospitality of the residents will definitely enchant every visitor.  

» Pavliani, Ready to Be Explored

Pavliani is a beautiful village crowned by a fir forest on Mount Oiti in the prefecture of Fthiotidas. At an altitude of 1,050 meters and just two hours away from Athens, Pavliani marks the entrance to Oiti National Park.

In the village, there are logs piled on the side of streets and houses built of wood and stone with steep roofs to withstand the weight of snow in winter, while the smooth mountain slopes are ideal for cross-country skiing.

The area has been known since antiquity and on the top of the mountain there are the remains of a 3rd century BC Doric temple, dedicated to the mythical hero Hercules.
Pavliani is divided into “lower” (Kato) and upper (Ano) districts and a first-time visitor may start discovering the area from the path connecting the two districts.
The wonderful landscape of Pavliani will not let down even the most demanding visitor. 
Athens Plus (4.12.09): Pavliani, Are you ready, boots?

Egnatia Motorway in Greece: A Pioneer Project

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis inaugurated on May 30 the final section of Egnatia Motorway connecting Ioannina to Thessaloniki in a ceremony that took place on the Bridge of Venetiko River.  The Egnatia Motorway runs 670 km (416 miles) and stretches from Igoumenitsa in the Prefecture of Thesprotia to the Greek-Turkish border on the Evros River.  The ‘Egnatia motorway’ is a pioneer project that will facilitate the daily life of almost 36 percent of the country’s population and will impact positively on the country’s GNP.  During the ceremony, Karamanlis expressed his satisfaction as all the difficult sections of the state-of-the-art motorway were completed on time and standards respecting the environment were upheld.  A smaller section of the motorway connecting Ioannina with the Ionian port town of Igoumenitsa will be completed in July.  Egnatia Motorway: The Project Identity & Project Progress Map; Greek News Agenda: Egnatia Motorway: Greece is moving faster

Hellenic Culture

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA) The International Centre for Hellenic Culture and Vocational Training (ICHCVT) is a grant by the Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation to the University of Ioannina. The Centre aims to serve as a bridge between Greece and Greeks living abroad. Its objectives include supporting the teaching of the Greek language to foreigners, promoting Greek-European culture, training young people in professions that will address needs in the Balkan Peninsula and the countries of the Black Sea region. The Centre, comprised of two buildings and covering a total area of 4,500 square meters, was designed by Alexandros Dovas. It is complete with teaching rooms, laboratories, space for cultural events, and a theatre.

Greece’s longest tunnel opens

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   A new road tunnel measuring 4.8km – the longest in Greece – will open to traffic in April. The Egnatia Motorway’s two-way tunnel at Driskos, Ioannina north-western Greece that took seven years to complete, cuts through Mt. Mitsikeli linking the Ioannina plateau with the Arachthos River valley. A total of 76 two-way road tunnels have been constructed within the framework of the Egnatia Motorway network, most of them along the Igumenitsa-Veria section. Athens News Agency: Greece’s longest tunnel opens