CULTURE

The Aegean in rare maps

An exhibition of maps from the collection of Margarita Samourka opens on Tuesday, November 2, at 8 p.m. at the headquarters of the Hellenic Society for the Protection of the Environment and Cultural Heritage. These rare maps will be on show until November 26 at the Society’s heritage building at 28 Tripodon Street, where the ancient street after which it was named runs under the building and has been incorporated into the building’s lower floor. This is the first time that an exhibition is to be held there, and the opening will be followed by a reception with traditional refreshments and music from the Aegean Islands. The exhibition is open to the public Monday to Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. The Society is inviting us to explore the Aegean Sea through rare exhibits dating from 1447 to 1800, many of them on show to the public for the first time. The opening will be addressed by the historian Giorgos Tolis. The Aegean, at a crossroads between three continents and dozens of cultures, attracted cartographers like a magnet. The charm of the old maps lies in their historical value and the variety of the shapes of the islands themselves. Even mistakes in the cartography indicate their uniqueness and make them works of art. The exhibition is accompanied by explanatory captions. Lisa Evert and Nina Koutsoudaki, members of the Society’s communications committee, are in charge of the exhibition. For further information, telephone 210.322.6693, or e-mail [email protected]