Piraeus – Marseille (European Capital of Culture 2013): Strengthening Bonds of Friendship and Commercial Relations

The Piraeus municipality actively participated in the vibrant events and festivities held in Marseille, the designated Cultural Capital of Europe for 2013. With the aim of fostering friendship and enhancing commercial relations between the two cities, we meticulously organized a three-day schedule brimming with a wide array of engaging events and festivities.

During this extraordinary project development, we proudly showcased the diverse facets of Piraeus’ rich history through an immersive collection of captivating videos and an exquisite art exhibition. Through these visual mediums, visitors were transported on a remarkable journey, unveiling the captivating stories and remarkable heritage of our beloved city.

Our engagement in the Marseille Cultural Capital of Europe 2013 allowed us to forge stronger connections between Piraeus and Marseille, bridging the gap and promoting cultural exchange. By celebrating the shared values and deepening our understanding of each other’s unique identities, we laid the foundation for enduring friendships and fruitful commercial collaborations.

This extraordinary endeavor not only brought our cities closer together but also contributed to the cultural tapestry of Europe, fostering unity and appreciation for the diverse cultural heritage that our continent holds. Through the power of art, history, and camaraderie, we created lasting memories and solidified the bonds between Piraeus and Marseille.

As we reflect on the success of this venture, we continue to nurture and strengthen the relationship between our cities, fostering a future filled with mutual prosperity, cultural exploration, and lifelong friendships.

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OIKADE (Homeward Bound)

“I intend to adorn my house in Scotland with columns. Would it be better to get some white columns worked in this country, in order to send them by sea to my house? Or to look out for some different kinds of marble that could be collected together and decorate the hall with columns all different one from another, and all of fine marble?”

Lord ELGIN (Scottish Lord – English Ambassador to the Porte)

Letter to Lusieri, 1801

Support the campaign for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Athens, Greece

The Parthenon Marbles are not merely individual works of art; they are integral components of one of the world’s most magnificent and unparalleled monuments. Their significance extends far beyond their artistic value, as they are inextricably linked to the grandeur and historical context of the Acropolis.

It is high time for the Parthenon Marbles to be reunited with their rightful home. The Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece stands prepared to welcome back these invaluable treasures. With its state-of-the-art facilities and unwavering commitment to preserving and showcasing the cultural heritage of Greece, the museum serves as the perfect custodian for these iconic masterpieces.

The Parthenon Marbles currently reside thousands of miles away from the very monuments they were originally designed to adorn. Their physical separation hinders our ability to fully appreciate their significance and prevents a holistic understanding of the grandeur of the Acropolis.

By supporting the campaign for the return of the Parthenon Marbles, we are advocating for justice and the restoration of historical integrity. We recognize that the marbles rightfully belong in their rightful place, where they can be admired within the context of their original surroundings.

Join us in urging for the repatriation of the Parthenon Marbles to Athens. Together, we can contribute to the preservation and celebration of Greece’s rich cultural heritage, ensuring that future generations have the opportunity to appreciate the full splendor of this remarkable monument.

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