Earlier this summer, the news of the honorary Europa Nostra Award given to the chapel of Agia Kyriaki of Naxos, accompanied by a separate monetary award, filled with joy and pride not only the inhabitants of Naxos but also those who contributed to its restoration. These are the preservers of the Ephorate of Antiquities of the Cyclades who take care of dozens of monuments throughout the Cyclades, thus contributing to making them known to Greeks and foreigners. 

The Ephorate of Antiquities of the Cyclades preserves today 10 chapels and monasteries simultaneously. Agios Ioannis Theologos of Afiklis is another Church that the Ephorate of Antiquities of the Cyclades has incorporated into the program of restoration and renovation, with miraculous results. The head of the preservers of the Ephorate, Nikos Vittis, talks to journalist Tassoula Eptakili (“Kathimerini” newspaper) about the slow and difficult maintenance process which, as he mentioned, "requires moral standards". 

Mr. Vitti’s view refers to the respect required for those who take into their hands treasures of history and culture, noting that "one should not interfere much". With the completion of the project, dozens of chapels will patiently wait for their turn to "stand" upright and show off their wealth to their guests, while at the same time they preserve the religious culture of the place.