The Minister of Culture and Sports, Lydia Koniordou, inaugurates the Exhibition "Rhaidestos-Thessaloniki. Antiquities in a refugee journey"
The Director of the Museum of Alexandroupolis and Head of the Evros Ephorate of Antiquities, Dr. Domna Terzopoulou, presents the exhibits to the public
With this periodical exhibition, presented for the first time at the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki from January 2016 until May 2017, the new Museum of Alexandroupolis opens up for the public, two years ahead of its official start of operations.
The Exhibition will be hosted in Alexandroupolis for a year and pertains to marble antiquities gathered since 1871 by the Thracian Educational Society in Rhaidestos, an ancient Greek city built on the coast of the Sea of Marmara. Greek refugees forced to flee Eastern Thrace in 1922, brought these antiquities with them. Since then, they comprise the so-called "Rhaidestos Collection" of the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki.
The collection includes 37 stone artefacts from the area of Northern Propontis, such as statues of a kouros and kore, busts, funerary stelae, votive reliefs, inscriptions, etc. They date from the archaic to the early Byzantine period (6th century BC-4th century AD) and symbolise historical continuity and memory for both the 19th century Thracians who located the monuments and arranged for their transportation, as well their contemporary descendants.
"Refugees from Rhaidestos brought along with them fragments of their collective memory […] There’s a connection […] as to how important our cultural heritage is for our identity, our history, as well as our confidence; what kind of creative powers we possess and can cultivate in the future; and how can cultural heritage become a source of growth for regional development," commented Minister Koniordou at the inauguration ceremony.
TAP, one of the sponsors of the Exhibition, was represented by Stathis Theodoropoulos, Enabling Manager, and Spyros Nakos, Community Liaison Coordinator for the Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace.
TAP’s support to this cultural event of Thrace is part of the company’s commitments regarding the protection, maintenance and promotion of the Greek cultural heritage, always in collaboration with the competent authorities. In addition, it follows the recent announcement about the results of archaeological research carried out by the relevant Ephorates in Thrace, in the context of the construction works undertaken for the pipeline.