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Munich pledges aid for ancient Olympia August 31, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Greece News.

Munich Mayor Christian Ude on Friday sent a letter to Greek President Karolos Papoulias announcing that his historic Municipality wishes to undertake an initiative to contribute to the restoration of the Kronion Hill above Ancient Olympia, which was ravaged in recent wildfires.

Ude said Munich’s initiative would begin with a donation of 100,000 euros for restoration of the renowned wooded hill once dedicated to the mythical god Cronus, while local residents and companies would also be contributing to the effort.

Munich is home to one of the largest ethnic Greek communities in Europe, outside Greece, while the city has important historical ties with modern Greece.

The initiative will be presented to Papoulias by Sigrid Skarapelis-Sperk, President of the Association of Greek German Companies, during an Association event scheduled for September 5 at the Presidential mansion.

Finally, the Athens city council on Friday accepted Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis’ proposal to “adopt” the Municipality of Ancient Olympia. Cooperation between the two Municipalities has already begun with the delivery of food and basic necessities.

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