The Architectural Heritage Council (SAK) of ELLET is responsible for the preservation and promotion of architectural heritage and for awareness raising through scientific publications, workshops and exhibitions. SAK coordinates and supervises restoration studies of important monuments which are exemplary and in many cases are chosen to be implemented through European funding programmes.
Many of those restoration projects have received the Europa Nostra Award, with the most recent example of Hagia Kyriaki’s restoration in Naxos.
A recent event organized by SAK in 2019, showcased awarded monuments by Europa Nostra, which exhibition took place in Fethiye Mosque, a monument within the archaeological site of Agora in Athens. Along with the exhibition, guided tours and lectures were scheduled, given by prominent experts, partners of ELLET. “Greek Historic Houses” is another important initiative, in collaboration with the European Historic Houses Association since 2018, aiming to raise awareness for the value of architectural heritage, through opening historic houses to the public. SAK organizes workshops for promoting Architectural Heritage and raising awareness to the public and some of the recent workshops were about Kastania in Mani, Campos in Chios and the island of Patmos. The most recent publication promotes the history and architectural characteristics of Leontari in Arcadia and addresses issues concerning the traditional settlement’s protection.
SAK participates in ELLET’s project “S.O.S.”, intervening for the protection of monuments and ensembles under threat, like in the case of Vlychada in Santorini, the archaeological site of Salamina and the preservation of traditional wooden fishing boats (kaikia).
SAK participates in the European project INTERREG Balkan-MED “Interregional Cultural Heritage Management e-System” (IRC-HERMeS), for the documentation of the architectural heritage of four historic cities, three of which are World Heritage Sites, aiming to form a strategy for the safeguarding and promotion of these cities’ architectural heritage. SAK also participates in the European project Life IP AdaptInGR regarding the adaptation of cultural heritage to climate change.
SAK implements awareness raising activities including scientific publications, workshops and exhibitions.