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This Week

Monday Olympic Torch Relay visits Aigio, Akrata, Xilokastro, Kiato and Corinth in the Peloponnese. Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios is due in Athens for the Olympics. New closing times for museums and archaeological sites come into effect for August, closing at 8.30 p.m. in Athens and other Olympic cities. Most open at 8 a.m. or 8.30 a.m. Olympic mass transport measures from today include 24-hour services on the tram and metro Line 1 today, tomorrow and from Friday. Deputy Culture Minister Petros Tatoulis to inaugurate the new permanent exhibition of the Kerameikos Museum at 8 p.m. Athens Mayor Dora Bakoyannis to present a cultural and historical guide the city has published, at noon. A statue of famed Greek marathon runners Spyros Louis and Stylianios Kyriakides is to be unveiled in Marathon Square at 9 p.m. Louis won the inaugural marathon in the 1896 Olympics and Kyriakides won the Boston Marathon in 1946 and drew attention to the famine in Greece. Tuesday Olympic Torch Relay visits Thebes and Marathon. International inter-religious meeting «Religion – Peace and Olympic Ideal» opens at 6 p.m. at Maroussi City Hall. The conference is co-organized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate and Maroussi Municipality. Patriarch Vartholomaios and Archbishop Christodoulos to attend. To Wednesday. Tel. 210.805.6314. Communist-led PAME labor movement rally at 7 p.m. in Syntagma Sq to commemorate the 13 workers who lost their lives during construction work for the Olympic Games. Athens Municipality and the Italian Embassy organize an exhibition on «Leonardo e Lo Sport,» at the Melina Mercouri Cultural Center, Thiseion. To September 28. Tel. 210.345.2150. Wednesday Olympic Flame arrives in Piraeus aboard the Olympias, a replica of an ancient Athenian trireme. Archbishop Christodoulos to inaugurate an Olympic pavilion of the Athens Archbishopric in Mitropoleos Sq. Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios to attend. Balkan mayors meet in Thessaloniki. Athens Mayor Bakoyannis inaugurates «Athens By Art» exhibition on Dionysiou Areopagitou pedestrian walkway at 7 p.m. Practice for Olympic cycling road race means limits on traffic on Athinas, Pesmazoglou and Sophocleous streets in central Athens from 2 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. Thursday Olympic Flame arrives in Athens. Public Works Minister Giorgos Souflias to inaugurate the Rio-Antirio bridge. Deputy UN High Commissioner for Refugees Wendy Chamberlin and Education Minister Marietta Giannakou will give awards to 20 students who stood out in the national essay contest on the subject «The Olympic Truce and Solutions for Refugees,» at Zappeion Hall at 9 p.m. Athens Municipality and Athens-Piraeus Super Prefecture organizes a series of events titled «Hellenic Culture Park» to promote Greek Culture during the Olympic Games. At the Pedion to Areos. Inauguration is at 1 p.m. Exhibition «Taking Owls to Athens» by German art professor Ottmar Hoerl at the German School of Athens, Maroussi. Tel. 210.641.9025. Education Minister Marietta Giannakou to present the album on the «Orthodox Center of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chambesy, Geneva,» at the Latsis Foundation in Kifissia. Patriarch Vartholomaios to attend. Tel. 210.515.33000 International Union of Modern Pentathlon organizes an exhibition on «Modern Pentathlon: History, Education, Culture, Future.» At Goethe Institute, 14-16 Omirou St. Friday Opening ceremony of the 2004 Olympic Games. Saturday Men’s Olympic road cycling race. Vehicles banned from central Athens from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday Women’s Olympic road cycling race. Vehicles banned from central Athens from noon to 8 p.m.