Every year, the European Union and Europa Nostra give awards to the best cultural heritage achievements which range from restored monuments to urban rehabilitation, research and education projects.
This year, out of 140 participants, 2 Greek restoration projects made it into the 16 finalists (Category 1- Conservation).
The first winner is The National Observatory of Athens, where restoration work turned it into a geo-astrophysics Museum, preserving the original equipment and a historic library including volumes which date back the 18th century.
The second prize-winning project is the restoration of the Ancient Tower and Adjacent Buildings at Horio- Aghia Triada, on Amorgos island. In the anastylosis - the restoration of a ruined monument or building - of the monument, traditional materials and techniques by local craftsmen were employed, revealing thus an image of rural life in the Eastern Mediterranean.
The awards will be presented during a ceremony which will take place in the Aya Irini in Istanbul, Turkey on June 10, 2010.