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Greece Launches Campaign to Raise International Awareness of Hagia Sophia

  A working group will be set up shortly in order to draw up a specific road map of actions to raise awareness within the...

Greek President Sakellaropoulou Deplores Turkish Invasion, Hagia Sophia Decision

  "This year, on the sad anniversary of the 20th of July, we are facing an unprecedentedly escalating Turkish aggression, which is manifesting itself throughout...

Official UNESCO Statement on Reconversion of Hagia Sophia into Mosque

  UNESCO, the United Nations body tasked with the identification and preservation of sites with the greatest significance to the world's priceless common heritage, issued...
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Erdogan Defies World, Orders Hagia Sophia to be Turned Into Mosque

Turkey's top administrative court, the Council of State, announced on Friday that the 1934 conversion of Constantinople's Hagia Sophia into a museum was unlawful,...

Greece Nominates Epirus Festivals for UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Listing

The Greek Ministry of Culture recently submitted an application to UNESCO in hopes that by the time of the traditional village celebrations of Epirus'...

Greece to Propose Epirus’ Zagori Villages as UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Greek Culture Ministry announced recently that it intends to officially propose the traditional villages in Epirus’ Zagori district in northwestern Greece as a...

UNESCO Recognizes Byzantine Chant as Part of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

An important distinction for Greece and Cyprus was announced by UNESCO on Wednesday, when the two countries' proposal to the Organization to include the...

UNESCO Representative on Spinalonga to Review Adding it to World Heritage List

Τeresa Colletta, an architect, and representative of UNESCO visited recently the islet of Spinalonga on Crete to review the application to add the historic...

Crete’s Minoan Treasures Are Still in UNESCO Limbo

By Phil Butler* It has been called “Europe’s oldest city.” The Palace at Knossos on Crete was the center of European culture from before 2800...

Greece Seeks UNESCO Heritage Status for Spinalonga Islet (video)

Greece's Culture ministry submitted a nomination to UNESCO on Tuesday asking them to declare Crete’s Spinalonga islet, with its impressive sixteenth-century Venetian fortress, a new...

Byzantine Monuments To Be Protected by New Global Charter

An agreement called "The Charter for the Protection of the Byzantine Heritage Monuments" was unanimously ratified this weekend after a three-day meeting held in the city...

Twelve Countries Back Greece over Return of Parthenon Sculptures

A UNESCO committee has called for talks between Britain and Greece over the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Athens, with no less than 12 nations...

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