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546 40, Thessaloniki
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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 Administrative Board consists of the following regular and alternate members:


Sophia Kalopissi-Verti, Professor Emerita, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, President

alternate: Aggeliki Stavropoulou-Makri, Associate Professor, University of Ioannina


Georgios Karadedos, Professor Emeritus, School of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki,

alternate: Alkmini Paka, Αssociate Professor, School of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki


Anastasia Tourta, Honorary Director of the Museum of Byzantine Culture

alternate: Isidoros Kakouris, Honorary Director, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports


Ioulia Papageorgiou, Deputy Head of Directorate of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Antiquities, Head of the Department of Greek   and Foreign Scientific Institutions and Coordination of International Cooperation and Institutions, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports

alternate: Panagiota Phounta, 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


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

alternate: Maria Mertzani, Head of Directorate of Conservation of Ancient and Modern Monuments, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, replaced during her absence on unpaid leave by

Maria Argyropoulou, Head of Department of Studies of Ancient and Modern Monuments, acting Deputy Head of Directorate of  Conservation of Ancient and Modern Monuments, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports


Vasiliki Papageorgiou, Head of Directorate of Documentation and Protection of Cultural Goods, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports

alternate: Georgios Skiadaresis, Deputy Head of Ephorate of Antiquities of the city of Thessaloniki, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports


Demetrios Athanassoulis, Head of Ephorate of Antiquities of Cyclades, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports

alternate: Nikolaos Siomkos, Archaeologist of Ephorate of Antiquities of Chalkidiki and Mount Athos, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports


Acting Secretary of the Administrative Board is Chrysoula - Aikaterini Nikolaidou, Responsible for the Administrative Board Secretariat and Public Relations Office, Archaeologist of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports detached to the European Centre for Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Monuments.