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History of foundation

The European Centre for Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Monuments (EKBMM) was founded in 1997 as a vehicle for more active contribution to  the regions where the Byzantine Empire was previously extended or in regions spiritually and culturally influenced by the Byzantine Empire or finally, connected to the common base of the byzantine universality, after the decline of the Byzantium and the establishment of Ottomans. It has been observed that in these regions the concern for the complete protection of the Byzantine and Post-Byzantine monuments does not always constitute first priority.


At the same time the important socio-economic changes taken place after the collapse of real socialism and the long period of radical changes in many of these countries, led to the danger of losing many elements of byzantine and post-byzantine past, in the name of economic development.


On the one side, Greece has the leading advantage of maintenance of two essential elements of Byzantium – that of Greek language and Orthodoxy - and on the other side, has developed appreciable scientific knowledge and know-how in all sectors of study, protection, conservation, promotion and enhancement of byzantine and post- byzantine culture.

Consequently, it has interest and responsibility to help those who share the Byzantine Heritage, in order to maintain and manage it in the best possible way.


The decision to set Thessaloniki as the base of the Centre  is connected with the historical role of the city, as most important, after Constantinople, in the European part of the Byzantine Empire, and with its contribution in the spread and consolidation of Byzantine culture, particularly in the Balkans. In addition, the fact that an important number of remaining  byzantine monuments in Thessaloniki has been restored exemplarily after the earthquakes of 1978, and that the scientific personnel of the city has developed an important know-how able to be transported to others, constitutes one more essential factor in the decision of selecting Thessaloniki for the headquarters of the institution.


Finally, the installation of EKBMM very close to the Museum of Byzantine Culture is important, since the Museum with its wider international objectives allocates scientific and technical personnel highly trained, completely equipped laboratories of conservation and has applied pioneering museological approaches for the European area. Consequently, it can support the actions of EKBMM providing a place of European specifications for its foreign partners.

Administration

The Council consists of the following regular and alternate members:


Natalia Poulou, Professor of Byzantine Archaeology, Department of History and Archaeology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, President


Athanasios Semoglou, Professor of Byzantine Archaeology, Department of History and Archaeology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Deputy President


Georgios A. Panetsos, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, Chair, Department of Architecture, University of Patras, member


Anastasios Tantsis, Assistant Professor of Byzantine Archaeology, Department of History and Archaeology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, alternate member


Maria K. Leontsini, Senior Researcher, Section of Byzantine Research, Institute of Historical Research, National Hellenic Research Foundation (IHR/NHRF), member


Eleni Ghini-Tsofopoulou, Honorary Ephor of Antiquities, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, alternate member


Ioulia Papageorgiou, Acting Head of Directorate of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Antiquities and Head of the Department for the Supervision of Greek  and Foreign Scientific Foundations and the Coordination of Issues of International Cooperations and Organisations of the Directorate of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Antiquities, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, member


Panayiota Founta, Head of the Department of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Archaeological Sites, Monuments and Archaeological Projects, Directorate of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Antiquities, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, alternate member


Themistocles Vlachoulis, Head of the Directorate of Restoration of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Monuments, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, member


Maria Mertzani, Head of the Directorate of Conservation of Ancient and Modern Monuments, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, alternate member


Vassiliki Papageorgiou, Head of the  Directorate of Documentation and Protection of Cultural Goods, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, member


Argyro Karamperidi, Head of the Department of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Antiquities and Museums, Ephorate of Antiquities of the city of Athens, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, alternate member


Eugenia Bentermacher – Gerousi,  Head of the  Directorate of the National Archive of Monuments,  Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, member


Georgios Skiadaresis, Head of the Department of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Antiquities and Museums, Ephorate of Antiquities of the city of Thessaloniki, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, alternate member


Acting Secretary of the Administrative Board is Chrysoula -  Aikaterini Nikolaidou, Αrchaeologist at the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, Administrative Board Secretariat and Public Relations Officer, European Centre for Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Monuments