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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 24 February 2018
6 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 24 FEBRUARY 2018 NEWS Qatar Airways to launch new service direct to Thessaloniki Instead of having to fly into the Greek capital, from March passengers will be able to travel directly to Thessaloniki from Doha There's good news for people who frequent northern Greece, with Qatar Airways launching direct flights to Thessaloniki. Commencing 27 March, the Doha-based airline will operate four weekly flights on an Airbus A320 aircraft, with 12 business class seats and 132 economy seats. "Greece has always been one of our most in demand destinations, and as such, we are delighted to offer our passengers a direct service to Thessaloniki, our second destination in Greece," said Qatar Airways Group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker. "By adding Thessaloniki to our global network, we are pleased to offer our Greecebased passengers a gateway to more than 150 destinations worldwide through our hub, Hamad International Airport." Qatar Airways currently operates three daily flights to Athens, providing more than 4,000 seats to the Greek capital per week, and with the addition of Thessaloniki will see this number increase to over 5,000. Despite being a relatively small city, Thessaloniki is home to a number of archaeological sites and historic structures, along with a thriving food scene, making the city a unique cultural experience. DOHA - THESSALONIKI FLIGHT SCHEDULE (TUESDAY, THURSDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY): • Doha (DOH) to Thessaloniki (SKG) QR205, departs 7.40 am, arrives: 12.50 pm • Thessaloniki (SKG) to Doha (DOH) to QR206, departs 1.50 pm, arrives: 6.40 pm Athens ready to celebrate reading as World Book Capital 2018 ‘Athens has the opportunity to certify that it is one of the most important destinations of culture, knowledge and history’ The countdown is on for the Greek capital to embark on a year-long creative journey of activities that promote reading, culture and knowledge. Beginning 23 April, Athens will be the designated UNESCO World Book Capital for 2018, with the aim of bringing "books everywhere" - as the initiative's slogan promises - to bring books to every neighbourhood and to every corner of the city, making reading accessible to the whole population, including migrant and refugee communities. People from all over Greece, as well as visitors, will be invited to partake in events that honour the reading experience, enjoy the country's rich literary tradition and to discover some lesser known cultural treasures of Athens in libraries, institutes, festivals, through gatherings and much more. "Athens being World Book Capital 2018 will help us remember why we love books, recommend the joy of reading to others and discover unexpected reading experiences," says Athens organising committee coordinator Yiannis Trohopoulos, adding that the intercultural actions of this major event will help promote a better understanding of different cultures and the value that literary traditions of different people add to our global cultural heritage. The city of Athens has joined forces with more than 30 institutions, foundations, libraries and cultural sites, among others, to develop a program for all tastes. Activities include informal book readings in outdoors locations across the city for passersby, seminars and conferences, workshops and competitions for both kids and adults, the launch of mobile libraries, as well as roundtable discussions with local and international authors. Cities designated as UNESCO World Book Capitals undertake to promote books and reading and to organise activities over the year. This global cultural event began 18 years ago, with the first city nominated being Madrid in 2001. Athens was chosen on the basis of its "cultural infrastructure" and "proven expertise in organising international events," following the recommendation put forward by an advisory committee comprising international book industry and UNESCO representatives. In the words of mayor Georgios Kaminis: "Athens this year has the opportunity to certify that it is one of the most important destinations of culture, knowledge and history". Athens 2018 World Book Capital activities will run from 23 April 2018 to 22 April 2019. For more information and a list of events see https://athens2018. gr/language/en/ Follow them on Instagram and Facebook @athens2018worldbookcapital Thessaloniki will become Qatar Airways’ second destination in Greece. PHOTO: TWITTER Archaeologists unearth headless Aphrodite statue in Thessaloniki The statue is one of 300,000 Ancient Greek artefacts discovered at the site of the Thessaloniki metro Given Greece's long and rich history, it is not an uncommon occurrence to happen upon ancient relics during construction in the country's cities and villages. The latest find has been unearthed in Thessaloniki at the site of the city's metro station, where during an excavation archaeologists discovered a headless statue of the ancient Greek goddess Aphrodite. The chairman of Attiko Metro SA Yannis Mylopoulos took to Facebook to announce the discovery, posting a picture of the statue, which was found near a fountain complex at the Aghia Sofia station. In his post, Mr Mylopoulos claimed the statue was one of 300,000 antiquities to have been found during excavations at the metro site. Earlier findings at the site have included well-preserved multi-coloured floor Rare exhibit in Athens features 7,000-year-old enigma The Neolithic period find continues to puzzle archaeologists, who are still uncertain of its origins After years of boggling the minds of Greek archaeologists, a 7,000-year-old birdlike statue has been put on display at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens as part of 'The Unseen Museum' exhibition. Referred to as the '7,000-year-old enigma', the statue from the late Neolithic period is unique. Standing at 36 centimetres, it is bigger than other statues from the period which have rarely been found to exceed 35 centimetres, and it is carved out of hard rock, despite metal tools not being available at the time, rather than the more common soft stone. What also continues to puzzle archaeologists is the sex of the figure. "It could depict a human- like figure with a bird-like face, or a bird-like entity," museum archaeologist Katya Manteli told Reuters. "The enigma has to do with [the fact] that we cannot identify with clarity its sex. It could be a pregnant figure but there are no breasts. On the other hand it lacks male organs so it is presented as an asexual figure." Also unsure of its exact origins in Greece, experts have narrowed it down to the region of either Macedonia or Thessaly. The enigma has been put on display as part of a monthly exhibition showcasing artefacts from the museum's closed storerooms each month, which has close to 200,000 antiquities hidden from public view on any given day. mosaics belonged to a large public building complex or urban villas, and that they are typical geometric decorations adorning the floor of the west portico gallery. Also saved were wall ruins and part of a bath in the complex, which is believed to have been used right up until the 5th century before being ruined with the construction of the marble-line square on top of the complex. The headless statue is believed to be of the ancient goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, and procreation, Aphrodite. PHOTO: LIFE-EVENTS.GR mosaics dating back to the 4th century CE, found at the southern entrance of the station. According to reports, archaeologists believe the Mr Mylopoulos assured that the discovery of the antiquities was not perceived as an obstacle in constructing the metro, but rather seen to be part of the project as a whole. "The findings will be evaluated by a special committee of the Ministry of Culture, in which we also participate to find the best way to exhibit them," he said. Excavations at the site are still in progress. DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM The ‘7,000-year-old enigma’ is currently on display at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens.
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