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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 24 March 2018
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 24 MARCH 2018 23 GREECE Greek Orthodox orphanage in Turkey named one of Europe’s endangered heritage sites Considered the largest wooden building in Europe, the former Greek Orphanage located on the Princes’ Islands has been selected as one of the most vulnerable buildings worth preserving A Greek Orthodox orphanage in Büyükada (formerly Prinkipo), Turkey has been included in Europa Nostra's program 'Europe's Seven Most Endangered' for 2018. Situated off the coast of Istanbul, the five-storey building was designed in 1899 by French architect Alexandre Vallaury, and, to this day, is considered to be the largest wooden building on the continent, and the second largest in the world. Elaborately decorated with wooden columns in the grand hall and panelled ceilings, the 206-room site was an orphanage until it was closed in 1964 and since then has remained closed. A fire in 1980, along with wear and tear from natural elements over the years has seen the building become increasingly decrepit, with sections of the roof and corner posts having fallen off, and assessed risk of further collapse. prises rare treasures of Europe's cultural heritage that are in danger of being lost," said president of Europa Nostra, Maestro Plácido Domingo. The five-storey Greek Orthodox orphanage in Bϋyûkada has 206 rooms and is elaborately decorated. PHOTO: ONEDIO On the Europa Nostra website, the leading heritage organisation suggested that the most appropriate use for the orphanage in future would be for it to house a Centre of Environmental and Interreligious Dialogue, as conceived by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. The orphanage was selected by the Board of Europa Nostra from 12 shortlisted sites by a panel of specialists across a range of disciplines, including history, archaeology, architecture, conservation, project analysis, and finance. Also making it on the list are the post-Byzantine churches in Voskopoja and Vithkuqi in Albania, Austria's historic centre of Vienna, the Buzludzha Monument in Bulgaria, the David Gareji Monasteries and Hermitage in Georgia, the Constanta Casino in Romania, and the UK's Grimsby Ice Factory. "This newest list of Seven Most Endangered com- "The local communities are deeply committed to preserving these important examples of our shared heritage but need broader European support. I therefore call on local, regional, national and European stakeholders, both public and private, to join forces to secure a viable future for these sites." Experts from Europa Nostra will visit the seven sites over the coming months with key stakeholders to formulate feasible action plans for the buildings' futures by the end of the year. 'Europe's Seven Most Endangered' program was launched in January 2013 by Europa Nostra with founding partner the European Investment Bank Institute. Prince Charles and Camilla to make first official visit to Greece The royal couple has been invited to visit Greece in May The British royals have been known to frequent Greece on holidays, but this year Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall will make their first official visit. did," he implored. Mayor Boutaris also de- livered a speech, as well as Israel's ambassador to Greece Irit ben Abba, and the head of the Jewish community David Saltiel, who said: "the voices of 50,000 deported Thessaloniki Jews must not be forgotten. It is time for Greece to delve into its memory." Among the participants were members of the city's Jewish community (which now barely numbers 1,000 people), residents and many visitors, making testament to the growing importance of memorial tourism to the city (in 2016, half a million Israelis were reported to have visited Greece). One of them particularly stood out: 92-year-old Holocaust survivor Moshe Aelion who defied his frail health and flew from Israel to the rainy Macedonian capital, leading the march from Elefterias Square to the Old Railway Station, from where the first train left for the death camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau on 7 April 1943. He was 18 at the time, and was sent to Auschwitz along with his mother and 16-year-old sister. He was the only family survivor and he vividly remembers the day the US soldiers came to the rescue. "When an American tank came there was a little Greek flag," he told the Greek media. "The soldier inside was Greek living in the US with his family. We sang together the Greek national anthem." The couple has been invited by president of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos, with the trip expected to take place from the 9 – 11 May. While the full schedule is unknown, they will be Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. PHOTO: TWITTER treated to an official dinner in honour of His Royal Highness to be attended by a number of prominent figures. They are also expected to visit the Parthenon, the Acropolis Museum, and a number of other ancient sites in the Greek capital. The visit takes place in the lead up to the nuptials of Charles’ son Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on 19 May. Prince Charles and Camila are known to frequent Corfu, the birthplace of Charles’ father Prince Philip, and last year Charles went to Mount Athos, where he visited churches and monasteries. Dutch supermarket giant makes comeback in Greece Spar invests in small supermarket chains two years after the end of its partnership with now defunct Veropoulos For Greek consumers, the brand Spar has always been associated with the name Veropoulos. The Dutch retail giant was associated with the iconic grocery stores from 1969 until 2016, when the supermarket chain folded due to the crisis. Now Spar is re-entering the market, investing in two small supermarket chains, Asteras and Mesis Hellas, which control 500 stores in Greece, combined, with a total annual turnover of €700 million. The Dutch company's strategy is to start its new operation in popular tourist destinations before moving on to larger cities. This is a big year for Spar with the first 10 stores to be rebranded and operated under the Spar logo opened by July, with a total of 80 stores to have opened by the end of 2018 and more than 350 by the end of 2021. Spar is aiming for a 12 percent market share, and for sales of €1.2 billion within four years.
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