Cultural tourism is a critical aspect of sustainable development. Projects “OLKAS” ( and “LIMEN”(, co-funded by the “Black Sea Basin Joint Operational Programme 2007-2013” and national resources, have significantly contributed over the last five years to the on-going dialogue on this subject, with the participation of dozens of organizations from almost all countries of the Aegean and the Black Sea.

The project “LIMEN” has as its main objective to give prominence to the cultural role of the city-ports of the Black Sea by proposing the establishment of a new Institution, the “Cultural Port of the Black Sea”, which will contribute dynamically to the relations of friendship and cooperation in the Black Sea area and, of course, to the development opportunities of the area.

The project “LIMEN” is being completed with a series of activities the flagship of which is the International Symposium “City-Ports from North Aegean the Black Sea. Medieval-Modern Networks”.

The Symposium aims to determine and focus on the broad concept of cultural heritage and cultural tourism and its development in the regions extending from the Aegean to the Black Sea.

The organizers wish to bring together experts in cultural heritage; cultural tourism; cultural routes;  ecology and historical heritage of coastal areas and their hinterland. Within the symposium topics related to both historical and tourist aspects of the ports will be discussed.

A specific axis of the Symposium will also focus on the cultural heritage of the regions, with special emphasis on the archaeological material of the sites. Moreover, case studies, best practices as well as lessons learned will represent the thrust of the sessions. The Symposium wishes to define a framework for sustainable tourism and best practices for the regions considered; to evaluate how and if the economical benefits of cultural tourism may reverberate on the communities of the regions considered.

Each session will be followed by extensive discussion and dialogue time.

The “on-board” Symposium will open with the inauguration of the Exhibition with works of contemporary art organized by the students and professors of the laboratories of Painting (Prof. Giorgos Tsakiris) and of Engraving (Prof. Manolis Giannadakis) of the Dept. of Visual and Applied Arts of the School of Fine Arts of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The opening of the exhibition will be held on Friday, August 21st 2015 at the Archaeological Museum of Piraeus. The cruise-ship will depart from the Port of Piraeus on Saturday, August 22nd, will continue sailing through the Aegean and the Black Sea and it will reach Constanta in Romania, then Nessebar in Bulgaria and finally will arrive in its last destination, in Istanbul.

The works of the Symposium will be concluded with a public event to Istanbul, open to the media and to the public, where the results of the project will be presented as well as the replica ship “OLKAS”, constructed by the Department of Conservation of Marine Archaeological Objects of University of Istanbul. Additionally, it is scheduled the inauguration of the photographic exhibition “3 seas 7 Ports: Cultural Routes from Aegean to Black Sea”.

We invite you to join us in this unique experience, organised for the contributors and friends of the project “LIMEN”.

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At the Symposium can participate, apart from the guests and speakers, companions and other interested third parties who will cover the expenses of their participation from own-resources. The prices depend on the cabin type to be chosen.

For more information please contact:

Α. European Centre for Byzantine and Post-byzantine Monuments – EKBMM
Ms Eirini Paspala, tel.: (+30)2310889830,, fax: (+30)2310853078
Either by referring the code of the “LIMEN” project

B. Navigator Travel & Tourist Services Ltd.
Ms Eleni Tressou
Phone (+30) 210-3609801 (ext.78)
Fax     (+30) 210-3639921, 210 -3634271
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