CULTURE

Sites open doors for free on special anniversary

The Acropolis in Athens and the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounio, among many other ancient sites as well as state museums, are scheduled to open their doors to the public for free-of-charge visits on Wednesday, April 18. The open-doors gesture marks this year?s International Day for Monuments and Sites.

This celebration of cultural heritage was designated by UNESCO in 1982, following a proposal by ICOMOS, the International Council of Monuments and Sites.

Marking the 40th anniversary of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, which was adopted in 1972, this year?s theme will focus on ?World Heritage and Sustainable Development: the Role of Local Communities.? The theme takes a look at how local communities are involved in the nomination, management and conservation of properties, while benefiting from a socioeconomic point of view.

Taking part in the International Day for Monuments and Sites in Greece are archaeological sites as well as state museums, including the Christian