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Programme 4th International Conference “Byzantine Monuments and World Heritage IV:Charter for the Protection of Byzantine Heritage Monuments”

Thessaloniki, 30/11 - 2/12/2018

Friday 30/11/2018

Museum of Byzantine Culture, Amphitheatre “Stephanos Dragoumis”

09:00 - 09:30 Registration


09:30 - 10:45 Welcome speeches

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

Markos Bolaris, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs

Dr Maria Andreadaki-Vlazaki, Secretary- General of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports

Ariadne Stogiannidou, Vice-rector for Academic and Student Affairs, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Isabelle Anatole-Gabriel, Chief of the Europe and North America Unit, World Heritage Centre, UNESCO

Nikolaos Lianos, Professor, Democritus University of Thrace, 1st Vice-Chairman of the Αdministrative Council of the Hellenic ICOMOS.

Paolo Vitti, Professor of Roma Tre University, Member of the Europa Nostra Board

Dr Amalia Androulidaki, Director-General of Restoration, Museums and Technical Works, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports

Dr Agathoniki Tsilipakou, Director of Museum of Byzantine Culture


10:45 - 11:15 Dr Anastasia Tourta, Honorary Director of the Museum of Byzantine Culture, Coordinator of the Organizing Committee of the Conference, Program Byzantine Monuments and World Heritage- International Conferences (2001, 2003, 2006)

11:15 - 12:00  George Karadedos, Professor emeritus of the Polytechnic School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Member of the EKBMM Administrative Board, Member of the Scientific Committee for the redaction of the Charter, Presentation of the final draft Charter for the Protection of Byzantine Heritage Monuments.

12:00-12:10  Dr Hammam Saad, Deputy Director, Directorate of Archaeological Excavations, Directorate–General of Antiquities and Museums, Ministry of Culture of the Arab Republic of Syria, The present state of byzantine monuments of Syria.

12:10 – 12:30 Coffee break

12:30 – 14:00 Consultation Works for finalizing the Charter’s text - Moderator P. Vitti

14:00 - 15:30 Lunch break

15:30 - 17:30 Consultation Works for finalizing the Charter’s text - Moderators P. Vitti, I. Kanonidis

17:30 - 18:00 Coffee break

18:00 - 20:30 Consultation Works for finalizing the Charter’s text - Moderators V. Papageorgiou, Th. Vlachoulis


Saturday 01/12/2018

Museum of Byzantine Culture, Amphitheatre “Stephanos Dragoumis”

09:00 - 11:30 Consultation Works for finalizing the Charter’s text - Moderators A. Tantsis, A. Antonaras

11:30 - 12:00 Coffee break

12:00 - 14:00 Consultation Works for finalizing the Charter’s text - Moderators I. Tavlakis, M. Paisidou

14:00 – 15:30 Lunch break

15:30 – 18:00 Consultation Works for finalizing the Charter’s text - Moderators I. Steriotou, A. Tsilipakou

18:00 – 18:30 Coffee break

18:30 – 19:30 Dr G. Skiadaresis, Head, and scientific staff of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Thessaloniki City (St.Vasileiadou, P.Mastora, Aik.Kousoula, Kr.Konstantinidou, Kon.Raptis, St.Tzevreni), Co-reigning Thessaloniki: Byzantine monuments, their restoration works and public presentation.

19:30 – 20:30 Guided tour in the Museum of Byzantine Culture by Dr A. Tsilipakou, Director, and scientific staff of the Museum


Sunday 02/12/2018

Museum of Byzantine Culture, Amphitheatre “Stephanos Dragoumis”

09:00 - 10:30 Final endorsement of the Charter – Moderator Is. Kakouris

10:00 - 15:00 Guided tour to byzantine monuments of Thessaloniki: Presentation of the restoration works and public presentation by the scientific staff of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Thessaloniki City (P.Mastora, Kon.Raptis, St.Tzevreni)

15:30 – 16:30 Lunch

19:00 – 19:30 “Rotonda” - presentation of the monument by the scientific staff of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Thessaloniki City.


19:30-20:15

Official closing event for the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.

Announcement of the endorsement of the “Charter for the Protection of Byzantine Heritage Monuments”

Myrsini Zorba, Minister of Culture and Sports of the Hellenic Republic

Giannis Boutaris, Mayor of Thessaloniki

Aikaterini Tzitzikosta, President of the Hellenic National Committee for UNESCO


20:15 – 20:55 Concert of medieval music from the Mediterranean by the early music ensemble Ex Silentio

21:30 Farewell dinner



Honorary Committee:


•Panayotis L. Vocotopoulos, Professor emeritus, Member of the Academy of Athens

•Gojko Subotić, Professor emeritus, Member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts

•Elka Bakalova, Professor emerita, Corresponding Member of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

• Giovanni Carbonara, Architect-Restorer, Professor emeritus, Honorary Director of the Post-Graduate School for the Study and Restoration of Monuments, La Sapienza University, Rome


International Experts Committee:


•Zeynep Ahunbay, Architect-Restorer, Professor emerita, School of Architecture, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey

•†Charalambos Bouras, Architect, Professor emeritus of History of Architecture, School of Architecture, National Technical University Athens, Greece

•Giovanni Carbonara

•†Slobodan Ćurčić, Architect-Restorer, Professor emeritus of Late Antique and Byzantine Art and Architecture, Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University, U.S.A.

•Paolo Vitti


Scientific Committee for the Charter’s redaction:

•Dr Demetrios Athanasoulis, Archaeologist-Byzantinist, Ephor of Antiquities of Cyclades, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, National Coordinator for Greece for the European Year for Cultural Heritage 2018, Member of the Administrative Board of EKBMM

•Athina Christofidou, Architect-Restorer, Honorary Director of Restoration of Byzantine and Post-byzantine Monuments Directorate, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, former Member of the Administrative Board of EKBMM

•†Dr. Evangelia Hadjitryphonos, Architect-Restorer, Honorary Head of Department, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, EKBMM

•Georgios Karadedos

•Alkmene Paka, Architect–Restorer, Head of the School of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Member of the Administrative Board of EKBMM

•Dr Ioannis Tavlakis, Byzantine Archaeologist, Honorary Ephor of Antiquities of Chalkidiki and Mount Athos, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, former Member of the Administrative Board of EKBMM


Organizing Committee:

•Demetrios Athanasoulis

•Athina Christofidou

•Georgios Karadedos

•Chrysoula - Aikaterini Nikolaidou, Archaeologist - Museologist of the Ministry of Culture and Sports detached at EKBMM

•Alkmene Paka

•Eleni Peristeropoulou, Economist, Finance Manager of EKBMM

•Anastasia Tourta