April 21, 1957

PELLA EXCAVATIONS: Thessaloniki, 20 – Excavations in the capital of Alexander the Great, at ancient Pella, carried out by order of the Education Ministry, ended today. The antiquities ephorate who supervised the excavations, said that a peristyle has been discovered consisting of six Ionian columns in excellent condition and which probably belong to the palace court’s main entrance, but at any rate is not to a temple. It was probably a gymnasium or palestra. All the columns are where they originally stood, so it will be easy to reassemble them. The findings are of major archaeological significance and date from the period when Alexander’s capital was at its peak. Excavations will be continued by the Pella prefecture with contributions from all its municipalities. MUNICH’S ALTE PINAKOTHEK: Munich, 20 – Next June the famous Alte Pinakothek of Munich is to reopen its doors. Built during the first half of the past century, it had been severely damaged by bombing during World War II. Fortunately, the approximately 5,000 valuable paintings in the collection of the Wittelsbach dynasty were unharmed, as they had been stored in a safe place.

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