Major Greek museums and archaeological sites will remain open longer as of April 1, with the schedule introduced gradually to other areas as more seasonal staff is hired over the next month, the Ministry of Culture said on Tuesday.
The following museums and sites will extend their opening hours as of April 1 (daily):
- Acropolis and Knossos palace will be open 08:00 - 18:00
The Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) National Palaces Hereke Carpet and Silk Weaving Factory has been producing silk furnishing for palaces and mansions for 176 years while keeping its feature as a "museum factory."
Fifty years after Italy's Matera was a national embarrassment because of its extreme poverty, the city is rescuing its dignity, baroque palaces and cave churches to become a European Capital of Culture.
A total of 350 million Turkish Liras ($58 million) have been spent so far on the renovation of the Topkapı Palace, which was the home of Ottoman sultans for hundreds of years in Istanbul.
The museum premises of Istanbul's Topkapı Palace, which was the home of Ottoman sultan for hundreds of years, will expand fivefold once the ongoing comprehensive restoration project is completed.
The Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry will restore part of Istanbul's ancient city walls surrounding Topkapı Palace with a budget of 25 million Turkish Liras ($5.1 million), as they have been become a crime scene for illegal activities for many years now.
A 15th century Quran written by the calligraphist Sukrullah Khalifah was returned to Istanbul's Topkapı Palace Museum on May 24.
A new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York seeks to recreate some of the grandeur of the Versailles royal palace in France.