‘Top priority’ for Greece to include Nikopolis on UNESCO World Heritage Site list

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The submission of the candidacy of Nikopolis for a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list is ready, Greece’s Culture Minister Lina Mendoni has revealed.

Ms Mendoni said in a statement that the “holistic promotion of Nikopolis, an extensive and particularly important archaeological site with a special cultural heritage,” is a top priority.

The ancient city of Nikopolis is located in Epirus in western Greece. 

The city was founded following the victory of Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus (Augustus) in the naval battle of Actium in 31 BC. The city is associated with the effort to “Romanise” Greece. 

Ms Mendoni said the Ministry of Culture is already implementing restoration projects on specific monuments, with a total budget of approximately 4 million euros from the resources of the Regional Development Program of Epirus 2014-2021 and the EU Recovery Fund.

“We are creating a single archaeological site, universally accessible, with restoration and promotion of the monumental wealth of the Roman and early Christian period,” she said.

Source: Ekathimerini.

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