On islands, Greece upgrades historical and cultural monuments



Greece is taking steps to upgrade its vast historical and cultural heritage on several of the country’s islands. 


In Crete, plans are going ahead for the construction of a new archaeological museum in the port city of Rethymno, located on the north coast. 


Four million euros have been put aside to pay for the new museum on a property stretching over 5,900 square meters. 


Culture Minister Lina Mendoni was in Rethymno recently where she signed agreements commissioning initial work to start on the project, along with other local government authorities. 


“We are starting a project with a vision for the city, which will promote and highlight the important archaeological wealth of the area,” said the minister. 


The project is part of a broader government push to strengthen facilities on the island.  


There is a frenzy of projects going ahead on Crete, adding to easy accessibility and transport links. Among the projects that have been announced and are at different phases of implementation is the construction of a new international airport, a new highway network and improved energy supply, helping lower power costs for homeowners. 


Crete has become an increasingly popular destination for travelers and home buyers. This year the island has become the most popular choice for holiday markers from Europe, according to German tourism operator TUI. 


Homes in areas surrounding Rethymno, such as Plakias Bay, offer exceptional value.  


Beachside holiday villas in Crete, like on other Greek islands, rank among the best performing real estate in the Mediterranean region, data shows. 


Monuments in the Dodecanese 

More plans to improve monuments have been approved for the Dodecanase islands, such as Rhodes and Kos. Located in the southeastern Aegean Sea, this group of islands is known for its medieval castles, Byzantine churches, beaches and ancient archaeological sites. 

The Greek government is spending 42.5 million euros on a makeover of these monuments dating back to the Middles ages, the Byzantine and Ottoman era, in Rhodes, Kos, Leros, Halki, Kalymnos, Simi and Agathonisi.


From ancient to more modern times, these islands have been an ideal crossing point for the expansion of many civilizations and cultures.  


Among the projects that are set for an upgrade is the reopening of the National Theater in Rhodes that was shut down in 2005-2006. Built in 1930s and designed by Italian architect Armando Bernabiti, the building was originally used to accommodate opera performances. This project has a budget of 16.8 million euros. 


Another important change is the makeover of the neoclassical school in the old town of Rhodes, the oldest inhabited medieval city in Europe that has been recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site. 


With a population of some 115,000 people, Rhodes is a cosmopolitan island offering a unique lifestyle combining traditions and hospitality with modern living. Local real estate draws strong interest from international and Greek buyers due to the abundance of turquoise beaches and natural beauty on offer. Prices range from cheap, smaller houses through to spectacular beachside villas offering luxury, comfort and style. 


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