Chania Arsenali Centre of Mediterranean Architecture

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The Arsenali Center of Mediterranean Architecture is an esteemed institution, administered by the Municipality of Chania. It is housed in a building called Megalo Neorio, alias the Grand Arsenal. Completed in 1600, this was the last of a series of shipyards constructed by the Venetians in the 15th and 16th centuries. In the late 19th century, it was used as a school of the Christian community, while, during the Second World War, it was badly damaged as a result of bombings.

Reconstruction works began in 1997 so that it could house the Center of Mediterranean Architecture, which had been established in 1996. Today, it consists of a lecture hall, a seminar hall, a room housing works of art, a cafe and other ancillary rooms.

The center's primary goal is to promote Mediterranean art and architecture as a connecting element between Greece, the Mediterranean countries and the whole Europe. In collaboration with various institutions, academic communities and museums, it organizes exhibitions, conferences, seminars and workshops that provide fascinating insights into such issues as handling the architectural heritage of the past and promoting a sustainable architecture that is in harmony with the environment and with all living beings.



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