A Memorandum of Cooperation for the restoration and enhancement of the Achilleion, Corfu, a project with a total budget of 12,950,000 euros, was signed by Minister of Culture and Sports Lina Mendoni and the CEO of the Hellenic Public Properties Company (HPPC) SA, Stefanos D. Vlastos. The project will be realized by the HPPC SA with the financial resources of the NSRF in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Sports and the Ionian Islands Region.
The aim of the Memorandum of Cooperation is to ensure the smooth execution of the planned works for the restoration and enhancement of the emblematic building complex, which will be realized in proportion to the commitments undertaken by the contracting parties.
A priority shared by the Ministry of Culture and Sports and the HPPC SA is to ensure the smooth operation of the Achilleion during the works, as it is consistently one of the top cultural destinations in Greece, being both a listed historical monument and a place of exceptional natural beauty and also the most popular destination on Corfu. It is worth noting that Achilleion is a very significant development resource inextricably linked to the economy and tourism development of the island and Greece as a whole.
Specifically, the HPPC SA will carry out restoration works on the Palace of the Complex, the courtyard of the Porter’s and Baron’s Lodge and the Barracks building, with a total budget of 9,300,000 euros, as well as restoring and enhancing the Heine staircase costing a total of 750,000 euros. The Directorates for the Preservation of Ancient and Modern Monuments and for Modern Cultural Heritage of the Ministry of Culture respectively will carry out works with a total budget of 2,900,000 euros. These include the following: conserving fixed and movable exhibits, murals and mortar work, the creation of museum constructions, procuring of fixed scaffolding, components and consumables for conservation, the design and production of multimedia applications, exhibition lighting, production of visual material and implementation of the Museological – Museographic study for the exhibition of the Palace.