On Wednesday we heard from two of the librarians who work in the Centre, who spoke about the photographic archive. The photographic archive of the Centre has around 7,000 photos, including photos from before, during, and after the Catastrophe of 1922. We hope to use these photos to enhance our learning about this time period.
In the afternoon, we were led on a tour by Nicos Nicolaides who also works in the Centre. Our tour included visiting several churches around Athens, including a Russian Orthodox Church from the Byzantine Era. The iconography reflects a unique style which contrasts to what we had seen in other churches. We also visited the Metropolis Church of Athens and then made our way to the Byzantine Museum. The Byzantine Museum had many unique icons. It was interesting to see how certain events throughout history influenced the style of iconography.
In the evening, some of the group saw Carmen performed in the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. It was a brilliant sight to see such a dramatic performance take place with a view of the Parthenon and the Pentelic mountains in the background!