The Region of Central Macedonia carries out enhancement works of its historical monuments, the Church of Hagia Sophia and the Agiasma of Agios Ioannis, in the center of Thessaloniki, after the signing of the relevant decisions by Region Governor Apostolos Tzitzikostas.
Agiasma together with the Church of Hagia Sophia constitute a single archaeological site and is listed as a historical monument while the church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
“This is one of the most important landmarks of the historical, archaeological and religious heritage in the heart of Thessaloniki, a monumental ensemble that is a pole of attraction for the residents and visitors of the city,” Tzitzikostas said in a statement.
In the archaeological site of Agiasma, which is known as the Catacomb of Agios Ioannis Prodromos, work will be carried out to deal with the damage and appropriate interventions so that there is access for people with disabilities. Also, a new fence will be constructed to protect the monument, which will be enhanced with new lighting and seating benches will be installed.
In the Church of Hagia Sophia, works will be carried out for the restoration of the galleries, which remain empty, unformed and neglected since the 1978 Thessaloniki earthquake.
At the same time, in order to cover the information needs of the public for the two monuments, which will become European resources, leaflets will be designed in the form of bilingual issues and brochures (Greek, foreign language and Braille), while display boards in Braille will be placed.