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Union of Greek Cities with Medieval Castles

National Network: 
26, Andrea Metaxa str, 10681 Athens
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Organisation Type: 
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment: 
General Information: 

Board of Directors
of the “Union of Greek Cities with Medieval Castles”
Miltiadis Klapas, Mayor of Preveza, Chairman.
Konstantinos Taraslias, Vice-Mayor of Rhodes, Vice-Chairman.
Minos Alefantinos, Municipal Officer of Rethymnon, Secretary.
Christos Lazos, member of INMEST, Cashier.
Christos Bouchourias, Chairman of Municipal Council of Servia Kozani, Member.
Dionysios Rallatos, Prefectural Officer of Zakynthos, Member.
Nikolaos Katsikarelis, Prefectural Officer of Aitoloakarnania, Member.
70.000euros expenses in 2008
The Municipalities, Communities, Prefectures of our country, as well as any other entity, legal or natural person, can become members of the Union with a simple application, according to the terms of the Memorandum of Association of the Union.

Mission and Objectives: 

The “Union of Greek Cities with Medieval Castles”, is a non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) founded as a Union, based on the No 7408/207 decision of the Athens Court of the First Instance, in January 2008.
By now, the Union counts about 47 members – entities of Prefectural and Local Administration, representing the totality of the Greek Territory, while the Ministry of Culture has actively expressed its support to the objectives, visions and imminent targets of the Union.
The initiative for the foundation of the Union was taken by the Institute of Medieval Studies (INMEST) founded in November 2005 by leading officers of the Local Administration, with the citadel of Mystras as its focal point.
The main objective of the Institute and the Union is the effort for the publicity, promotion, and maintenance of the medieval defense and residence buildings, that is to say, the castles of the Greek and European territory in general.

Main Projects / Activities: 

1. Mapping and depiction of castles with the use of new technologies.
2. Marking and illumination of castles.
3. Study planning and construction of access roads for all castles, irrespective of size.
4. Study planning and gradual implementation of restoration plans in the interior and exterior of the castles.
Β. Projects for the exploitation of castles
1. Creation of spaces for athletic and cultural activities.
2. Selective castle integration, where possible, with the construction of communication paths and the creation of intermediary recreation spots.
C. Promotion and publicity actions
1. Elaboration of documented and historically circumstantial information material for all castles.
2. Creation of relevant interactive webpage and internet communication.
3. Use of new technologies for the publicity, promotion and creative exploitation of medieval defense and residence buildings – compilation of databases, geographical and historical classification, comparative data, etc.
4. Organization of promotional meetings at a national and international level.