Photos, videos and documents related with the local artistic heritage


    On Tuesday, December 11, the First Class of our High School visited the exhibition “Chisel and memory. The contribution of marble crafts in the restoration of monuments” housed in Piraeus Bank's Conference Center.

    The exhibition is part of the celebration of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 and is organized by the Committee for the Conservation of the Acropolis Monuments (ESMA), the Acropolis Restoration Service (YSMA), and the Directorate of Modern Cultural Heritage (DINEPOK) of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports (YPPOA) in collaboration with the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation (PIOP). Initially, we saw a photography exhibition, with photographic material from the restoration and maintenance of the marble of the Acropolis Parthenon. Then we watched a video on the procedure of the restoration of the Acropolis over time as well as the different use of the monuments.

    The organisers said the following about the objectives of the exhibition (http://www.piop.gr/en/anakoinoseis/Thessaloniki_YSMA_SMILH_2018.aspx): “A main thematic axis of the exhibition is to highlight the human factor in the specialised restoration work under way at the Acropolis. The exhibition addresses a range of questions: How do marble craftsmen contribute to restoration work and how involved are they in the project? What feelings do they experience and share upon plying their craft? How is the community of marble craftsmen organised and how does it function through collaboration, exchange of knowledge and experience, leisure time?

    Concurrently, the exhibition aims at showcasing marble craftsmanship as an intangible cultural asset, highlighting not only the work of the craftsmen but also the tradition, the cultural experience and the collective interactions and memories in the framework of which this art has been transmitted for centuries from generation to generation. In 2013 The Marble Craftsmanship of Tinos was inscribed in the National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Greece, and in 2015 in UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The Directorate of Modern Cultural Heritage of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, the department responsible for implementing in Greece UNESCO's Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003), promotes awareness as to safeguarding and showcasing the intangible cultural heritage that is part of the collective memory and identity of all of us.

    Lastly, the exhibition opens a window of extroversion in Tinos, the most significant centre of marble craftsmanship in modern Greece, due to the rich marble deposits on the island and the tradition that has this art transmitted from father to son. In 2008 the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation inaugurated here, at Pirgos, Tinos, the Museum of Marble Crafts. The Museum presents the art of marble craftsmanship and the social and economic context in which the local workshops were developed. From its foundation to this day, the Museum has welcomed more than 235,000 visitors. Concurrently, through publications, itinerant exhibitions, workshops and the activities for children and adults it organises, it has become an important venue for the cultural expression of the local community and for showcasing marble craftsmanship on the local, national and international level.”

    A pupil’s opinion about our visit: “It was a very interesting exhibition, presented in a interesting way and related to a subject that touches us and makes us proud that we are Greeks.“


    On 17th October 2019, on the occasion of the exhibition “The splendour of Mosaics: Originals and Replicas from Thessaloniki and Ravenna”, the pupils of the Erasmus+ project of our school (B Class) and the teachers Mrs.Maria Mangana, Mrs.Dimitra Ntomprou, and Mr.Evangelos Tzanidis visited the exhibition of the mosaics at Rotunda monument of Thessaloniki. This educational visit aimed at studying the local artistic heritage of Rotunda Thessaloniki for the P18.1 Activity (study local artistic heritage).

    The emblematic monument of Thessaloniki was constructed in the early 4th century AD, on the turning point between the pagan with the Christian world, probably as a temple for ancient cult worship or as a mausoleum for Constantine the Great (306-337). This circular, domed building measures 29,80m in height, 24,50m in diameter, its walls are 6,30m thick and can only be compared architecturally to the Pantheon in Rome. It was erected north of the Arch of Galerius, with which it was linked by a processional road. Not long after it was built and during the early years of the long-lived Byzantine Empire (330-1453), the Rotunda was turned into a Christian church with the addition of a sanctuary on its eastern side. The interior was decorated with Early Byzantine (4th - 6th centuary AD) wall mosaics of unique artistry and beauty. According to Byzantine texts, the church was dedicated to the Archangels. It was Thessaloniki’s cathedral church (metropolis) between 1524 and 1591, the year in which it was converted to a mosque by the οttoman conquerors. It remained in use as a mosque until the city’s liberation in 1912. Its dedication since that time to Saint George (Agios Georgios) is owing to the small neighboring church of this name.

    Ravenna was the seat of the Byzantine Exarchate during the reign of Maurice, after the Ostrogoths defeat by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I in 540AD. The magnificent churches of San Vitale and Saint Apolline in Classe date back to the Byzantine Rule.  Ravenna preserves to this day many of its medieval monuments and famous mosaics that have endowed the city with special prestige.

    The pupils of the Erasmus+ project of our school prepared a relative presentation of their visit.


    P17. 1. Visit to ' LA BELLE EPOQUE'

    On January 31st, 2020, a few students from "Mihai Eminescu" National College, Petrosani, along with Mrs. Ștefania Manea, coordinator of the Erasmus+ project "Promotion of Identity, European Culture and Tradition", ref. no. 2018-1-IT02-KA229-047925_3 and Mr. Roland Szedlacsek, responsible with dissemination and IT activities, visited the complex 'La Belle Epoque' from Petrosani. The complex consists of a hotel, a restaurant and two functional halls.

    One of our colleagues, Denis Raducan, who had to do some research in advance, and Mr. Rolland told us a few things about it. We learnt about the history of the building, which used to be a workers' casino, later on it became a workers' theatre and today it is a luxurious hotel and restaurant. It was built in 1923 and throughout the time, great personalities like George Enescu performed there.

    Furthermore we had the opportunity to learn a little bit about the origins of our town and the Jiu-Valley and see a few photos of our city during the 20th century.

    By Paula Pricop

    The activity was disseminated on the Facebook group of the project: https://www.facebook.com/groups/841958769470806/?ref=bookmarks

    A power point presentation was made by the students from the target group:

    RO.P17.The Workers` Casino.pptx.pptx


    2. The students from the target group did some research on the churches from Petrosani and made a power point presentation.

    RO.P17.Churches in Petrosani.pptx


    On February 7th, 2020, a few students from "Mihai Eminescu" National College, Petrosani, along with Mrs. Stefania Manea, coordinator of the Erasmus+ project "Promotion of Identity, European Culture and Tradition", ref. no. 2018-1-IT02-KA229-047925_3 and Mr. Roland Szedlacsek, responsible with dissemination and IT activities, visited “Ianza Castle” from Petrosani. Our host was Mr. Cristian Ianza, who is a plastic artist specialised in ceramics and the founder of “Ianza Art Inter-Cultural Foundation”. He accepted to host us and speak about his family’s history and his foundation.

    His great-great-grandfather emigrated from Padova, Italy and established in Blaj, Transylvania, Romania where he served as a Uniate vicar. His great-grandfather, Vasile Ianza, a wealthy businessman, who was from Sarmizegetusa, moved to Petrosani. He was, at first, praetor and the first-praetor of Petrosani region. After Transylvania was returned to Romania, Ianza was the first Romanian prefect of Hunedoara.

    The Ianza family had a very important role in the development of Petrosani. Ianza Castle, built by the artist's great-grandfather and Ianza-Art Inter-Cultural Foundation, is one of the most prominent buildings in Petrosani, becoming an important cultural center for the municipality.

    Ianza Castle dates back to 1903 and it belonged to the Ianza family, but when the communists came they took it from them and throughout the time it had different roles for the community. Mr. Cristian Ianza struggled for 30 years to get what his family owned back and in 2013 he opened the foundation and invested a lot of money in the restoration of the castle. He has organised lots of cultural activities and exhibitions in his gallery as well as camps of visual arts.

    On this occasion, we had the opportunity to find out a lot of interesting things about the history of our town and its cultural heritage.

    By Erika Soo

    This is the dissemination of the activity on the Facebook group.

    They also made a power point presentation about this castle.

    RO_ P19_ IANZA CASTLE.pptx.pptx