Category: ART

Exquisite mosaic of Hercules Labours uncovered in Cyprus

Restoration excavations have uncovered a mosaic depicting the 12 labours of mythical Hercules, in Larnaca, Cyprus. Pieces of the mosaic were first unveiled during works on the sewage system in the past. Antiquities Ephor George Filotheou said the mosaic was up to 20 by 4.5 meters in size and was a Roman era mosaic of […]

Mount Olympus headed for an Oscar

When students of New York universities watched the documentary about Olympus entitled “Elassona: The secret path to mount Olympus” the production company, Ellopia Films USA, and the director Athina Krikeli were surprised by their reactions. “Does the mountain Olympus really exist? Isn’t it just a mythical mountain?,” they wondered. “We could not imagine how it […]

Palace of Nestor opens its gates after three years of restoration

The Mycenaean Palace of Nestor reopens to visitors on June 12 after three years of restoration which cost 2.5 million euros, the Culture Ministry announced on Tuesday. The mythical palace in Peloponnese is considered to be the best example of a well-preserved Mycenaean palace throughout Greece. Located about four kilometers south of the village of […]

Director, screenwriter Nikos Triandafyllidis, 49, dies

Nikos Triandafyllidis, the director of one of the last and most treasured documentaries ever made on legendary American singer Screamin’ Jay Hawkings, has died, the ANA-MPA news agency reported on Tuesday. He was 49 years old. The son of popular Greek stand-up comic Harry Klynn and dancer Harikleia Makri, Triandafyllidis was born in Chicago, USA, […]

Bronze busts stolen from the Cultural Center in Athens

Five bronze busts were reportedly stolen last from the Cultural Center in the city center of Athens a few days ago without the culprits carrying out the bold theft unnoticed! The Kathimerini reported that the theft took place on the 25th and 26th of May, with the thieves first taking off with the bronze buts […]

Artist Ai Weiwei at Cycladic Art Museum

Prominent Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei will present his work in Greece at a unique exhibition at The Cycladic Art Museum from May 20 to October 30. The exhibition, titled “Ai Weiwei at Cycladic”, is his first and only ever hosted in an archaeological museum and will feature previous work exhibited abroad, such as […]

Greece’s entry did not make it into Eurovision final

The first Semi-Final of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest concluded on May 10 at Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, but Greece did not manage to win a place in the Grand Final. Greece represented by Argo, who performed their song Utopian Land and competed 17 more countries for 10 places in the Grand Final. The […]

Greece considers legal action against the UK for the Parthenon marbles

As the 200th anniversary since British Lord Elgin removed marbles from the Parthenon looms, the Greek government is considering appealing to the international justice system for their return. Greek Minister of Culture Aristides Baltas told the Guardian that “we are trying to develop alliances which we hope would eventually lead to an international body like […]

Culture Minister to welcome 100 refugees at the Acropolis

The Minister of Culture Aristides Baltas will welcome 100 refugees at the Athens Acropolis on Monday. The refugees, who are accommodated at the centers of Eleonas and Schisto, will visit the ancient monuments and be guided through the Acropolis Museum. According the Ministry, the visit aims to raise international awareness over the refugee crisis. The […]

Prince death spurs tributes in purple

The life of the singer Prince, who has died at the age of 57, is being marked with purple-coloured tributes. Buildings, newspaper front pages and websites across the US and beyond have changed colour in his honour. Prince was found dead at his Minnesota home on Thursday. He became a superstar in the 1980s, with […]

Stolen Minoan kouros statue valued at 1.3 million euros

A 30-centimeter kouros statue, depicting a youth praying, and dating to the Minoan period, has been valued at 1.3 million euros, according to a statement issued by police, nearly a year after the arrest of four people in the Cretan region of Siteia on charges of illegally trading artifacts. The statue was valued by the […]

Theater and film actor Yannis Voglis passes away, aged 79

Popular theater and film actor Yannis Voglis has passed away, at the age of 79, on Wednesday morning. The actor was recently hospitalized at an increased care unit and underwent two surgeries. The hospital announced that multiorgan failure was the cause of death. Voglis was born in Athens in 1937 and studied drama at the […]

Ancient Corinth from above

The ancient city of Corinth was located in a strategic position and was the most important trade hub in ancient Greece. It was the main rival of Athens, which eventually gained the upper hand. The team of ‘Fab Drone’ produced a beautiful video showing the exact area that the ancient city was spread across. The […]

Monuments, sites to mark international day with free admission on Monday

Admission to archaeological sites and historical monuments across the country will be free of charge on Monday, International Day for Monuments and Sites, the Greek Culture Ministry has announced. Opening hours will be as usual, meaning that those monuments and sites that do not open on Mondays will remain closed. Meanwhile, the ministry also announced […]