“The Fist Cemetery of Athens: Guide to its Monuments & History”

The book “The Fist Cemetery of Athens, Guide to its Monuments and History” has been recently published by ELLET and the OLKOS Publishers. The initiative started in 2007 by Ileana Siori, archaeologist and member of the Council for the Architectural Heritage, and was supported by distinguished partners. Maro Kardamitsi-Adami, Professor Emeritus of the NTUA and the architect Maria Daniil have written the text, while Yiorgis Yerolympos, expert in architectural photography, photographed the burial monuments.

The Guide aims at making the monuments and their sculptors more widely known and at raising the image of the most prominent cemetery in Greece, which could attract a large number of visitors following the example of other important European cemeteries. Although several albums dedicated to the monuments of the First Cemetery of Athens have been published since the late 20th century, there was no proper guidebook to assist visitors in touring the site and getting acquainted with its monuments and history.

This bibliographical gap is met by the present publication.
The book:
- concisely presents the history of the Cemetery,
- includes a catalogue of the most important types of burial monuments, alphabetical index and maps, and
- presents monuments of remarkable artistic and historic value, which are related to important fighters, politicians, scientists, artists and writer
s.

The presentation of the book took place on the 23rd May 2017, in the Ceremony Room of the Town Hall of Athens. The book was presented, apart from the authors, by Tassos Biris and Eleni Maistrou, both Professors Emeriti of the NTUA, and the journalist Maria Thermou. Welcoming addresses were delivered by Epaminondas Lamprakakis, President of the Municipal Council of Athens, on behalf of the Mayor of Athens, and Giannis  Hadjistergiou, Acting President of the Council for the Architectural Heritage.

The book, which has been published in 2,000 Greek and 1,000 English copies, is available at the central bookstores of Athens and the offices of ELLINIKI ETAIRIA (Tripodon 28, Athens).
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