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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 19 October 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 19 OCTOBER 2019 15 TRAVEL cadia nese the Agora, the ancient theatre and other structures dating to the Classical and Roman periods. Mantineia's elliptical fortification walls, approximately 4 km in circumference and ten gates remain in an exceptional state of preservation. At the Agora of ancient Mantineia survive the remains of an ancient temple identified as place of adoration of the goddess Hera. The monument is of particular importance in relation to the historical development of the Agora: it appears that the first phase of construction precedes the reconstruction of the city during the fourth century BC, even though interventions possibly took place at a later stage. The Mantineia theatre, where all political, religious, cultural and social activity of the ancient city took place is also situated at the Agora. According to the Greek Ministry of Culture, on the western slope of Gortsouli hill in the area of ancient Mantineia, survives another temple built in the archaic period. Since it was uncovered, the temple enlightens us considerably about the history of Mantineia before the fifth century BC. Gortsouli hill is being identified by modern researchers as the prehistoric acropolis of Mantineia, called Ptolis, which was mentioned in the works of the traveler and geographer Pausanias. The area of mountainous Arcadia is an excellent travel destination all year round. The river Loussios is perfect for rafting and visitors will also love hiking and trekking on the scenic paths of Mt. Mainalon. In Mainalon there is also a very well preserved Ski Center recommended for families, as it is an easy mountain, ideal for learning to ski as well as various other snow sports. The enchanting landscape, the archeological sites, the opportunities for activities in nature and the historic villages all make the area a unique destination for peace and relaxation. * This article first appeared in the Greek News Agenda The photograph that is considered the oldest existing photograph of the Acropolis, 1842, by Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey (1804-1892). The first photograph of the Acropolis A View of Stemnitsa. PHOTOGRAPH: DARKOBAJIC, WIKIMEDIA COMMONS thens, the capital of the Greek State since 1834, was a small city at the time when the first photograph had been taken of the city by Girault de Prangey, in 1842. It had been almost entirely destroyed in the course of the Greek War of Independence (18211829) when both the city and the Acropolis suffered multiple sieges. The city underwent serious damages which lasted eleven months from June 1826 through to May 1827. Prior to that, Thomas Bruce (also known as Lord Elgin) had removed 12 pediment statues, 156 frieze plaques, 13 metopes as well as a frieze of the Temple of Athena and one Caryatid of the Erechtheion from 1801 to 1815 when he was the British ambassador to Istanbul. De Prangey's daguerrotypes are the oldest existing photographs of Greece, Palestine, Egypt, Syria and Turkey. His work was discovered in the 1920s in a storage building of his estate and was made public 80 years later. Adopt a tree in Athens T he Municipality of Athens plants 600 new trees every Rafting on the Loussios River. PHOTO: G. KORBAKI/ANA year, but estimates show that 10-40 per cent of these dry up during the summer months due to high temperatures. In an effort to change the stats, the Adopt-A-Tree project has kicked off to encourage residents to find a spot for a tree and then commit to keeping it healthy by watering it thanks to a special app, developed by Novoville. Novoville, a tech startup aimed at transforming public services and making them more peoplefriendly, created an adopt that allows up to three individuals to jointly take care of a tree by receiving a notification on their cellphone whenever a tree needs to be watered. The City of Athens is now launching a new program, Adopt Your City, to get private businesses and organisations involved in the city’s rejuvenation. The program is aimed at getting businesses and organisations on board in the drive to improve the quality of life in downtown Athens by taking responsibility for the maintenance of a street, sidewalk, park, square, etc. "It's very important for all Athenians to be part of the change that they themselves envision for the city, to become part of that change. What we want to highlight is a new collaborative spirit that will bring together citizens, businesses, the public and the private sectors".
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