In a recent Athens meet-up decision makers discussed the further promotion, maintenance, and protection of the great cultural heritage of Crete’s Lassithi Plateau. The focus of the meeting was on Dictaean Cave, as well as other prominent Lassithi cultural sites, and a coming visit by the Minister of Culture of Greece to Crete.
The Minister of Culture, Lydia Koniordou, and the Mayor of Lasithi Plateau Giannis Stefanakis were on hand at the meeting exchanging information on such issues as the situation with the unique windmills that Lassithi is so famous for. The officials also discussed Lassithi cultural routes and other issues surrounding the general effort for this unique area of Crete island. A request to include the windmills for protection as cultural heritage provisions. This request is expected to be approved according to the news.
Also discussed was information and cooperation in between the Ministry of Culture, Region of Crete, Municipality and the Technical University of Crete, for the reconstruction of Europe Square. Minister Koniordou said she will visit the Lassithi during summer events put on by the municipality so that she might experience the unique natural beauty of the area and to visit the monuments.
For those unfamiliar, the Lassithi Plateau is one of the most unique places in all the Mediterranean, a fascinating and fertile area in the east of Crete. The high plateau is one of the few places where permanent residents live above 800 meters. This is also where legend has it the Greek god Zeus was born, high up in the previously mentioned Dikteon Andron. The famous windmills, Kera Monastery, and the last bastion of the ancient Minoans known as Karfi are a few of the other wondrous attractions to see.