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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-07-06

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  • [01] Byzantine fortress of Trikala showcased
  • [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Byzantine fortress of Trikala showcased

    The early Byzantine-era fortress of Trikala, central Greece, which was renovated by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century AD in recognition of its strategic importance, is located just north of the modern-day city of the same name, in theThessaly plain.

    The use of stone blocks attest to the fact that it was built on the site of previous ancient citadel surrounded by an outer wall, and dating back to the Classical Era. The fortress was repaired a number of times during the Ottoman occupation and featured a polygonal outer wall with five towers and many small embrasures.

    The monument is divided into three sections, featuring the principal entrance and the clock tower as well as the site where an Orthodox cathedral stood before it was burned to the ground, circa 1330-1332. A building used to store gunpowder is also preserved.

    The long history of the Byzantine fortress of Trikala is highlighted in a newly published brochure with photographs and historical details, within the framework of a tourism promotion campaign focusing on the uniqueness of the monument.

    [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Monday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The Siemens bribery case, and the arrest of the gang that had abducted shipowner Pericles Panagopoulos in January were the main front-page items in Athens' newspapers on Monday.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Changes here and now...The (ruling ND party) cadres send message to the prime minister".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Express adoptions for childless couples - Exclusive: Bill to be tabled in parliament in October will make the dream of thousands of childless couples a reality".

    AVRIANI: "Economy minister Papathanassiou reveals in interview with Avrinai: New package of structural measures coming in September, that will benefit salary and pension earners".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Mafia S.A. in the prisons - What the discovery and arrest of the organised crime gang brings to light".

    ETIA: "The mild adaptation is the (government's) Achilles heel - It causes greater political cost".

    ETHNOS: "Killers' headquarters in the prisons - Ruthless 'Cosa Nostra' behind the Panagopoulos abduction".

    TA NEA: "They were betrayed by a 'carbon copy' abduction".

    VRADYNI: "Death contracts from the prison cells - Police revelations shock the nation".

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