The Minister of Culture and Sports, Lina Mendoni, visited the Archaeological Museum of Thira, in which the project of building repair, upgrade and re-exhibition of its Collection has been implemented since 2020. As the Minister mentioned in her statement, “our goal is for the renovated Archaeological Museum of the island to reopen in 2022, enriched with the most important exhibits of the last decades”.
Lina Mendoni, Dimitris Athanasoulis at the Archaeological Museum
Lina Mendoni also visited the Castle of Skaros, in the Caldera of Santorini, one of five fortified settlements of Santorini. In the settlement, there was a castle town with 200 houses, cobbled streets and churches. The Ephorate of Antiquities of the Cyclades carries out protection and documentation works of the monument, within the framework of a program aimed at the integrated management and promotion of the natural and cultural wealth of the Caldera.
The Castle of Skaros in Fira
In Sikinos, the Minister of Culture and Sports visited the soon-to-be-completed project -implemented since 2017 by the Ephorate of Antiquities of the Cyclades at the Temple of Episkopi.The Temple of Episkopi (17th century) is built on an ancient temple-shaped building, which was recently thought to have been dedicated to Apollo Pythios. However, during the excavation works, it was revealed that it is a mausoleum of Roman times (2nd century AD), which was later converted into a Christian church. The monument is one of very few examples of ancient buildings that are preserved in good condition, also preserving later additions to their structure.
The Temple of Episkopi in Sikinos
Lina Mendoni also visited Thirasia, where for the first time, the Ephorate of Antiquities of the Cyclades carried out cleaning and promotion works at the sites of Paleokastro and Profitis Ilias.
The Minister of Culture and Sports, Lina Mendoni, also inaugurated the exhibition Wall paintings of Thera. The treasure of the Prehistoric Aegean at the Museum of Prehistoric Thera in Fira. The exhibition presents 28 murals from Akrotiri – great examples of the Culture of Thera. For the organization of the exhibition, the Ephorate of Antiquities of Cyclades carried out all necessary works for the repair of the building, as well as the reorganization of the Museum for the enhancement of its operations.