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Τρίτη, 12 Απριλίου 2016

Geraki Chamber of Commerce demands: "Unbolt the archaeological sites now!"

In a strongly worded statement released yesterday, the Geraki Chamber of Commerce demands the immediate unlocking of local ancient sites. The full statement of the Chamber reads:

"We call on all relevant authorities to assist in unbolting the archaeological sites of Geraki, the Byzantine castle, and the Byzantine churches. It is most disappointing for visitors, coming from all corners of the earth, to find the gates locked and be turned away.

"Laconia does not only have  Mystras and Monemvasia, it also has other equally historically significant sites that ought to be promoted for people to visit.

"Major works have been carried out in the last 4-5 years on the Byzantine Castle of Geraki and it is a pity when people are not able to come and appreciate.

"Our local history should not be under lock and key. Unbolt the archeological sites of Geraki now!"

Meanwhile, this rallying call from the Chamber is being heeded by an ever-growing number of locals and friends, particularly via social media.

Chrysafo Karkanis protests: "It's a shame! Twice I've been to see the castle and everything's closed. Doesn't the antiquities bureau want revenue? Doesn't the country want revenue? Doesn't the municipality want revenue? Will someone open it and they can have the revenue! Then we'll be able to see our history come alive! And, the sights to open up are many!"

Athens based hospital employee, Kanella Margiou-Manolis, by way of illustration, retells the experience related to her by one of her patients: "They went with relatives to visit Geraki. They went to the archaeological site, it was closed. They went to the village kafeneio. They were told that the guard was in the fields, spraying. They telephoned him and made an appointment for the next day. I ask, is this the way to run things?"

Dimitris Diamantakos points out a more general trend, "Unfortunately padlocks are everywhere, even in culture ..."

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