Greece: Restoration of the Plaka Bridge in Epirus celebrated on-site with high-level representatives
The outstanding restoration of the Plaka Bridge, Epirus (Greece), winner of a European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award in 2021, was celebrated on 2 October at the site of the monument. The Greek Minister of Culture and Sports, Lina Mendoni, and the Greek Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, Kostas Karamanlis, along with representatives from the local authorities, each addressed the audience, explaining the multilayered collaboration which led to the successful development and implementation of the project.
Minister Mendoni highlighted the symbolic importance of this achievement and of the bridge itself, for being a significant marker of Greece’s borders as well as a crucial symbol of renewal and resilience in more recent history.
The project was further explained in technical terms to the audience by the team from the National Technical University of Athens and from the construction company that worked on the project, each being responsible for a different stage of the final project.
Minister Mendoni received the bronze award plaque from Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović, Secretary General of Europa Nostra, Lydia Carras, President of Elliniki Etairia – Society for the Environment and Cultural Heritage, and Alexandra Prokopiou, Representative of Elliniki Etairia.
The presentation of the bronze award plaque was followed by a guided tour of the monument and a traditional feast.