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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-09-16

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  • [01] PM addresses cabinet meeting
  • [02] Bourtzi fortress castle to be restored

  • [01] PM addresses cabinet meeting

    ANA-MPA/Prime Minister George Papandreou, addressing a cabinet meeting on Thursday, termed the current period crucial and stressed that the struggle being waged by the country over the same period is decisive.

    Papandreou said that at this period the possibility cannot be ruled out of efforts being manifested by various sides to convey to Greece responsibilities that it does not have.

    According to the prime minister, it is possible that Greece might be shown as a kind of scapegoat, "for problems and malfunctions, institutional or other, or for reasons of domestic political situations of other countries."ana-mpa

    The prime minister further said that for this reason Greece must not give any pretense and must be absolutely consistent with the commitments it has undertaken.

    Briefing the ministers on his discussion with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday, the prime minister said "I had the possibility yesterday to speak with the President of France Mr. Sarkozy and the Chancellor of Germany Mrs. Merkel. I repeated our unshakeable decision of being absolutely consistent with our commitments, with all the commitments we have undertaken. With the completion of the positive evaluation by the three agencies of the troika, there is no question of Greece not being supported in accordance with the decisions of July. On the other hand, of course, they are also waiting for the evaluation, to see if indeed we have done what we had to do."

    [02] Bourtzi fortress castle to be restored

    ANA-MPA/Bourtzi, the famous fort that stands in a rock in the middle of the harbor of Nafplio, is to be restored and promoted following a study by the 25th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities that was recently approved by Greece's Central Archaeological Council (KAS).

    Attracting visitors all-year-round, the Bourtzi fortress castle was built in 1471 by Antonio Gambello, an architect from Bergamo, with construction completed by the engineer Brancaleone, and the entire city of Nafplion, including Bourtzi, was fortified in 1473 by the Venetians to provide protection against pirates and invaders from the sea. ana-mpa

    The castle, with entrances to the north and south, has three floors connected by movable stairs.ana-mpa

    Occupied by Turkey from 1715 to 1822, it was regained by Greece on June 18, 1822. It served as a fortress until 1865, and later served as the residence of the executioners of convicts from the castle of Palamidi. After alterations by the German architect Wolf Schaeffer, the Bourtzi Castle was used as a hotel from 1930 to 1970.

    Mainly a tourist attraction today and just a five-minute boat ride from Nafplio, the castle hosts events of the Nafplio Summer Music Festival.ana-mpa

    Under the Ephorate's plans, an exhibition area and souvenir shop will be created at the castle, while its small restaurant will remain in operation.

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