Heritage Week Celebrates Landmarks of Alexandria

A play that was presented during the Alexandria Heritage Week
A play that was presented during the Alexandria Heritage Week
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Heritage Week Celebrates Landmarks of Alexandria

A play that was presented during the Alexandria Heritage Week
A play that was presented during the Alexandria Heritage Week

The Alexandria Heritage Week celebrates the landmarks of Alexandria, one of the most beautiful cities on the Mediterranean, with seminars, exhibitions, theater performances and musicals.

The event, which kicked off on Sunday, is organized by the Center for Alexandrian Studies, and hosted by the Graeco-Roman Museum that was reopened on October 11.

Dr. Walaa Mustapha, director general of the Graeco-Roman Museum, told Asharq Al-Awsat that the week is curated by several organizations including the Alexandria National Museum and the French Cultural Center in order to revitalize the Alexandrian heritage on different levels through exhibitions, seminars and cultural activities.

Mustapha highlighted that this celebration is the first since the reopening of the museum, noting that it will include a theater show in which partakes a music group from the Great Library of Alexandria.

“We signed a protocol with the Tourism Development Authority to plan visits to the Alexandrian museums including the Graeco-Roman Museum,” she said, noting that “this remarkably contributes to revitalizing the Alexandrian heritage.”

Alexandria boasts a large number of museums, such as the Alexandria National Museum, Graeco-Roman Museum, Royal Jewelry Museum, as well as the Antiquities Museum at the Great Library of Alexandria.

Dr. Hassan Abdul Bassir, Egyptologist and director of the Antiquities Museum, told Asharq Al-Awsat that this annual celebration places the Alexandrian landmarks under the spotlight.

The Graeco-Roman Museum was established in 1892, during the rule of Khedive Abbas Helmy II, to preserve the antiquities discovered in the city between the 3rd century BC and the 3rd century AD. It was closed for restoration in 2005 and reopened last month.

The Alexandrian Heritage Week embraces an exhibition displaying the works of late Artist Mahmoud Said, depicting various historic sketches inspired by the exhibits of the Graeco-Roman Museum.

According to Abdul Bassir, Alexandria’s connection with the Mediterranean from all sides has made it an icon of civilization and culture as wanted by its founder, Alexander the Great. The Great Library of Alexandria and its Antiquities Museum are collaborating on this event, he noted.

As part of the Alexandria Heritage Week, “The Bassili Palace 110, Silk Road” was opened at the Alexandrian National Museum by Dr. Ashraf al-Kadi, director of the museum.

“The exhibition is designed to focus on the palace and its history through paintings, documents and photos that belonged to the palace’s owner, Assad Bassili Pacha,” Kadi noted.



Greek Culture Ministry: Acropolis Closed During Afternoon Hours Due to Heat

Tourists visit the Acropolis hill archaeological site, before it closes due to a heatwave hitting Athens, Greece, June 13, 2024. REUTERS/Louiza Vradi
Tourists visit the Acropolis hill archaeological site, before it closes due to a heatwave hitting Athens, Greece, June 13, 2024. REUTERS/Louiza Vradi
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Greek Culture Ministry: Acropolis Closed During Afternoon Hours Due to Heat

Tourists visit the Acropolis hill archaeological site, before it closes due to a heatwave hitting Athens, Greece, June 13, 2024. REUTERS/Louiza Vradi
Tourists visit the Acropolis hill archaeological site, before it closes due to a heatwave hitting Athens, Greece, June 13, 2024. REUTERS/Louiza Vradi

Authorities in Greece have closed down the Acropolis in Athens during the afternoon on Thursday for a second day as the country swelters under unseasonably high temperatures.

According to The Associated Press, the Culture Ministry said the hilltop citadel, which is Greece's most popular ancient site, was closed from midday to 5 p.m. because of the heat.

All other archaeological sites in the Greek capital were also shut during the same hours. People who had booked visits for that period could use their tickets later in the day until the sites close at 8 p.m., the ministry said.

Temperatures exceeded 40 C on Thursday in much of central and southern Greece, including greater Athens, the Cyclades and Crete.

Officials are on heightened alert for wildfires, which plague Greece every summer.

The minister responsible for civil protection, Vassilis Kikilias, said Thursday posed a particular wildfire risk due to the combination of high temperatures and winds.

“The early start of the heat waves, combined with the dry winter, has led to a very difficult fire season,” he said.

The fire service also warned of a very high wildfire threat on Friday.

Authorities in Athens are providing air-conditioned areas to the public and have issued fans to secondary schools where end-of-year and university entrance exams are being held.

Scientists warn that summer temperatures there could rise by an average of 2 degrees by 2050. Athens mayor Haris Doukas has tried to create more shade by planting 2000 trees.
“Our first goal shall be to lower the median temperature, the felt-air temperature," he told Reuters.