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It is with great pleasure to announce that the court of Athens approved on April 1, 2011 (dec. nr. 1828/2011) the establishing of the organization “The Friends of the Amyklaion” based in Athens.
An extensive study and research project of the Spartan sanctuary of Apollo Amyklaios, approved by the Greek Ministry of Culture, was launched in 2005. The authorized bodies are the Benaki Museum and the 5th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical antiquities, in cooperation with several disinguished academics. The “Amyklaion Research Project” aims at tackling any problem still shadowing the profile of the sanctuary. It also aims at the complete revelation of its monuments, the survey of sections that have not been explored in the past, the overall publication of relevant conclusions and the final configuration of the archaeological site. To support these goals, the recognized non-profit association “The Friends of the Amyklaion” has been established in 2011, after an initiative of Angelos Delivorrias, director of the Benaki Museum.
This association contributes to the overall assistance of the research project, the moral as well as the material support of the archaeological works and the presentation of the sanctuary. It mainly acts as a liaison to the society.
The association organizes events for the financial support of the researches, the funding and the finding of sponsors and donors; promoting at the same time the programs progress variously. In order to increase social awareness, the “Friends” also organize visits and conducted tours to other archaeological sites, monuments and museums; it happens without substituting other entities, but in cooperation with related organizations on common interest issues.
Considering the sanctuary of Apollo Amyklaios as one of the most important of Greek antiquity, the association invites and encourages friends of any age to reinforce the “Amyklaion Research Progect”. The members, in constant contact with the public, operate as communication channels and citizen magnets. With a sense of responsibility to the wider public, they also cultivate the interest for the antiquities and its protection, contributing at the same time to the environmental awareness building.
The present synthesis of the Council Board, appointed at the first General Assembly of the association (October 5th, 2011), is the following: President Angelos Delivorrias, Vice-President Nikos Georgiadis, Secretary General Themis Mpilis, Treasurer Stavros Vlizos, Counsellor Aimilia Mpakourou.
The registration of new members is free and requires submitting a written application (press here), supported by two regular members of the association, to the Council Board.
CONTACT ADDRESS - INFORMATION
“The Friends of the Amyklaion”
1, Koumpari street
GR - 106 74 Athens
tel: +30 210 3671091
fax: +30 210 3671063