The Byzantine Church of Agia Kiriaki, in Apiranthos, Naxos, won the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Award, for its unique frescoes dating to the 8th and 9th century, in category “Conservation”.
According to the announcement of the European Commission, apart from the wall paintings of Agia Kyriaki which were restored with the cooperation of Greek and Swiss organizations, the same prize was awarded to the restoration of the apse mosaic of the Transfiguration in the Basilica at the Saint Catherine's monastery at Mount Sinai and the “Zografyon” Greek School in Istanbul, also for its restoration. The Zografyon is considered a miniature of the Great School of the Nation.
This year's Awards place particular emphasis to the value added by each monument to the achievements of the cultural heritage in Europe. The awards ceremony will take place tomorrow, June 22, in Berlin in the framework of the first European Cultural Heritage Summit and will be attended by the political leadership of the country. http://www.europanostra.org/