Council for the Architectural Heritage (SAK)
The protection of the country’s architectural heritage has been one of the main objectives of the ELLINIKI ETAIRIA - Society for the Environment & Cultural Heritage since its foundation in 1972. With restoration interventions in the World Heritage sites of the Nea Moni (Chios) and Hosios Luke (Beοtia) and with comprehensive restoration projects in monuments such as the Fyrogeia Monastery in Siphnos, the church of the Saviour in Chortiatis (Thessaloniki) and its historic building in 17 Tripodon St. (Athens), ELLINIKI ETAIRIA has managed to save several important monuments from decay, already since the first years of its establishment.
This work has been continued and expanded by the Council for the Architectural Heritage (SAK), which was established in 1995 and is active in the following areas:
i) Exemplary restoration of monuments, as of St. John Eleimon in Lygourio (Argolis); of St. Nicholas in Kastania (Mani); of the Saviour in Alepochori (Attica); of St. George and St. Kyriaki in Palaeochora (Aegina); of St. Anne in Tairia (Laconia); of the north wing of the Monastery of St. Lawrence in Pelion, and of the frescoes of St. Charalampos in Perama (Ioannina). Special mention should be made of the restoration of two important monuments outside Greece, the belfry of San Giorgio dei Greci in Venice and the dome of St. Panteleimon of Kizil Kilise (Red Church) in Cappadocia. Currently, restoration work in progress in the churches of St. Peter in Kastania (Mani) and of St. Kyriaki in Apeiranthos (Naxos).
ii) Initiatives for the protection of the former Royal Estate of Tatoi. Since 1998, SAK has taken initiatives for the protection and the sustainable development of the estate, which used to be the summer residence of the former royal family of Greece and now belongs to the Greek State. After the earthquake of 1999, ELLINIKI ETAIRIA funded the documentation of the buildings in the Estate through measured drawings and photographs, and argued for the characterization of the estate as monument by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture. Moreover, an inter-disciplinary team of experts, based on the experience from similar royal estates in the U.K., proposed a model for the sustainable development of the estate while retaining to its historic and aesthetic values. This proposal was further developed with a proposal for the administrative and economic structure of the estate, completed in April 2014.
iii) Initiatives for the protection of various monuments, as, for example, in the case of the Classical Tower of St. Marina in Keos, where the Council funded the installation of a special scaffolding for preventing the collapse of its superstructure. Another example is the successful legal action taken for preventing the demolition of two listed buildings of the modern movement in 17 & 19 D. Aeropagitou St. at Athens.
iv) Campaigns for the protection of the historical district of Plaka in Athens and of important traditional villages, such as Hydra.
v) Seminars for the protection of traditional villages. The Council organises a series of seminars in cities of Greece, with main objectives the advancement of the dialogue regarding the protection of the traditional villages of Greece and the information of the wider public. Since 2012 seminars have been organized at Athens, Siphnos, Ioannina, Volos, Chania and Hydra, while one last seminar will be held at Kalamata.
vi) The Modern Movement of Athens. The Council has funded and planned the above program, aiming at recording the residential buildings of the 1930s in the Municipality of Athens. The research led to the publication of the book “Athenian Houses of the Modern Movement” (Athens, 2013), while further action is taken over for the protection of the most characteristic residential buildings of the particular period (www.modmovathens.gr ).
vii) Monuments at Risk. This innovative programme, funded and planned by the Council, aimed at developing a webpage, in which both the responsible authorities and the wider public will be encouraged to register monuments under threat (www.mua.gr).
vii) Architectural and structural studies for the restoration of monuments.
viii) Scholarships in the area of restoration.
ix) Europa Nostra. ELLINIKI ETAIRIA represents Europa Nostra in Greece and the Council submits annual proposals for the Europa Nostra awards. Some recent examples of awards include the Averoff building of the NTUA (grand prix, 2012), the ancient citadel of St. Andrew in Siphnos, the Propylaea of the Athenian Acropolis, and the Committee for the Preservation of the Acropolis Monuments (grand prix, 2013).
President: Paul Kremezis (civil engineer)
Secretary: Dr Constantinos Koutsadelis (archaeologist)
Treasurer: Andreas Antypas (economist)
Council for the Protection of Architectural Heritage
Programme Manager: Dr Constantinos Koutsadelis
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