Restoring town’s old factories

The old district has beautifully restored factories, such as the Tsalapata Plinth Factory, now a museum. Near the entrance to the town, in another well-restored building, is the university library. Opposite is the municipal conservatory, another lovely old building. On the eastern edge of town, one of the university buildings is in another old factory. In the former Spirer tobacco warehouse, which now houses municipal services and the Municipal History and Records Center, its director Aigli Dimoglou said the use of old industrial structures in the town could set an example for the rest of Greece. So far in Volos, 19 factories have been restored and plans are under way for another eight. Behind the trend is the municipality as well as Thessaly University, which had made use of many old buildings around the town. That has helped raise the visibility of the university’s presence in the town. Meanwhile, the town’s main museum is being planned for the old Papantos tobacco warehouse and the huge «yellow» warehouse is also to be used. The town’s cultural attractions include two major libraries, a municipal symphony orchestra and several conservatories.

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