15 Sep

A Museum for the Olive Tree

By Mary Lou Tzempelikou,
Translated by Eirene Nisiriou

On Friday, one of the most important museums for Greek culture, its history and the country’s manufacturing tradition was inaugurated by President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias in Agia Paraskevi, Lesbos.
The Museum of Olive Oil Manufacturing, a model institution of unique architecture, showcasing the manufacturing tradition and the olive oil culture with modern means, is tightly interwoven with the island’s history.

In statements after the end of the tour in the museum’s rooms, Papoulias spoke of “a very important day for our country’s culture” and congratulated the inspirers behind the work, as well as those who worked for its materialisation. The inauguration was also attended by Minister of Culture Giorgos Voulgarakis, Minister for the Aegean Aristotelis Pavlidis, as well as PASOK EU Parliamentarian Nikos Sifounakis, who started the efforts on this creation 24 years ago. The Museum of Olive Oil Manufacturing is the result of a close cooperation by the State and a private initiative, since it was created by the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation and belongs to the network of thematic technologies and industrial museums developed by the Foundation throughout Greece.
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