"Crete. Three ancient cities revived. Aptera-Eleutherna-Knossos."Guided tour and cutting of vasilopita.

Museum of Cycladic Art

Guided tour in the temporary exhibition and cutting of the vasilopita

The Museum of Cycladic Art, the Regional Services of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports (Ephorates of Antiquities of Chania, Rethymno, and Herakleion) and the Region of Crete were co-organizing the exhibition entitled “Crete. Emerging cities: Aptera ― Eleutherna ― Knossos. Three ancient cities revived” from 12 December 2018 to 30 April 2019. This was a multi-faceted exhibition with rich audio-visual aids, including screens, maps, and innovative technologies.

The exhibition focused on three of Crete’s one-hundred cities, according to Homer (hekatompolis), and their common characteristics: their establishment, acme, decline, destruction, abandonment, and demise. Cities with centuries-long history, cities that were abandoned and forgotten, but are also tangible examples of archaeological investigation using similar or different approaches.

The director of the Museum of Cycladic Art, professor Nicholaos Stampolidis, along with the curators of the exhibition, Ms Ioulia Lourentzatou and Mr Yiannis Fappas, provided an in depth private tour for MCA Friends. Afterwards, a small celebration for the New Year took place in the Cafe, where the vasilopita was cut, as a small thank you gesture of the invaluable support of the Friends.

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