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by Euro Reporter
2009-06-18 09:30:03
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Rally Acropolis with Finn at the finish line

rally_acropolisMikko Hirvonen of Finland is the winner of the 56th Acropolis Rally that ended on Sunday in Loutraki, Greece. Ford driver Hirvonen, who now ranks 2th in the overall standings of the World Rally Championship, is trailed by Sebastien Ogier (France/Citroen) in second place in the Greece rally and by fellow teammate and compatriot Jari-Matti Latvala (Finland/Ford) in third.
 
Latvala posted the best time in the final 33-km Aghii Theodori 2 stage on Sunday. Following the victory, Hirvonen narrowed to seven points (55) his distance from front-runner and current world champion Sebastian Loeb (48, France/Citroen), who crashed out of the Rally on Saturday when his car hit a rock, careered off track and rolled repeatedly. Loeb was the winner of last year's Rally Acropolis. 

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Acropolis museum opens


After 188 years of independent life of Greece and 27 years since Melina Merkouri took the historic initiative to build it, the new_acropolis_museumNew Acropolis Museum is ready. For Greeks a dream becomes reality and a duty to their own cultural heritage is accomplished. The new Acropolis Museum was designed with two objectives: the first to offer the best conditions for the exhibition of its exhibits and secondly to be a Museum that welcomes and befriends its visitors. A walk through its galleries is a walk through history – between the masterpieces of the Archaic and Classical periods, but also in the ancient neighbourhoods of Athens.

The Museum offers many opportunities for rest and recreation, as well as a visitor friendly environment for some of the most emblematic works of antiquity. And as Minister of Culture Antonis Samaras says “There are strong, sacred bonds, connecting us with every single item, from the humblest archaeological fragment to the most ornate figure. All of the artefacts are parts of our soul… Mostly the ones missing! With the anticipation that eventually – better sooner than later – they will be re-united in their birth place and integral form they were meant to be.”

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New Acropolis museum internet site

Just a few days before its official inauguration, the New Acropolis Museum opened its electronic "gates" to the public today at the website www.theacropolismuseum.gr.

new_websiteThe website introduces the Museum to online visitors, enabling them to tour the display areas, and to read up on its history and operation. The site is a virtual electronic map that takes the visitor on a tour of Greece's unique cultural heritage, unfolding the route from antiquity to the present that encompasses not only the exhibits and Greece's history, but also modern-day Hellenic culture.

The site will also apply an e-ticketing system, for the first time by a Greek museum, enabling future visitors anywhere in the world to book entry to the New Acropolis Museum at a specific date and time. This innovative application will enable the Museum to manage visiting hours, while at the same time decongesting possible waiting lines at the entrance.

The Museum's electronic gate will open today, June 15, at 11 p.m. (local time), while the Museum itself will be inaugurated on Saturday, June 20, by Greek President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias.

   
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