July 6 to 8, 2017 Rhodes, Greece










Post Conference





Post Conference Activities

Friday July 7
Cultural Event: “Throne of Helios”

The “Throne of Helios” is a modern entertainment center that combines cinema and a thematic area with historical exhibits and screenings: 3D picture, sound, motion, rain, snow, wind, fire and even smells, playing with the senses and giving maximum entertainment.

It is a unique combination of historical tradition and high technology, in the historic building of the old cinema «St. George» on March 25 Street. This was the first cinema in Rhodes built by the Italians in 1927.

Tickets: €15 (movie and transportation)

Race of Rhodes
Get into the chariot, gallop with your horses against the Olympian gods, and feel the adrenaline as the victory is in your hands while learning about the history of Rhodes.

Tickets: €5 (movie)

20:00: Pick up from Sheraton Hotel (approximately a 10 minute drive).

The duration of the show is 20 minutes.

We will also tour of the historical exhibition in the lobby. This covers the period from prehistoric times to the 20th century. We will watch documentaries on mythological and historical events.

Afterwards there will be free time in Rhodes Town/Old Town.

23:30: Transfer back to Sheraton Hotel.


Sunday July 9
Rhodes train and Kallithea Springs

Filippos Filippou

10:30 – Pick up from Sheraton Hotel (approximately 10 minutes drive).

11:00 – Rhodes Town Entertainment Train (Duration 40’-45’) which takes you on a 45minute tour by the walls of the Old Town, climbs up to the citadel to Monte Smith and returns via the city Center to Aquarium, ending at the Town Hall. The train stops so there will be opportunities for selfies! The only concern is the volume of the music playing between the recorded information, if you are sensitive, consider bringing your ear plugs.

11:45 – Departure to Kallithea Springs.Kallithea Springs are located at the bay of Kallithea, just 9km from the City of Rhodes. The thermal springs of Kallithea have been known since antiquity for their healing waters. In 1927, upon the initiative of the Italian commander of the Dodecanese islands, Mario Lago, there started a systematic study of the waters of Kallithea, as well as the construction of its facilities. The project was awarded to the architect Petrio Lombardy and the designs were considered among the best architectural compositions of that era. The Kallithea Springs were very popular and remained in operation until 1967.Refurbished and tastefully restored, since July 1, 2007, the Kallithea Springs complex has been open once again to the public, welcoming all visitors to the renovated, majestic premises by the sea. The unique architecture and the grandeur of the space, with pebble stone mosaics, Rotonta Hall, Terrace, an impressive patio and the staircases at the entrance, create a nostalgic cinematic backdrop. The picturesque beach with crystal clear waters plays host to hundreds of visitors daily, while its seabed known for its variety and beauty, attracts many organised groups of divers to admire it. The historic café at the picturesque harbour, which has been completely renovated, welcomes visitors all day.

16:30 – Departure from Kallithea.

Monday July 10
Boat Trip to Symi island


Symi is one of the most beautiful islands of the Dodecanese group. It has not been affected by mass tourism and still retains the traditional Greek island way of life and hospitality. Once the capital of Dodecanese, Symi became very rich by developing the sea sponge trade. Today the island has around 2500 inhabitants, mostly engaged in tourism, fishing, and trade. On visiting this unique island one can admire the neoclassical 19th century town with its colorful little houses. One can also feel the atmosphere of the island.

Take a virtual tour of Symi island HERE.

08:05: Sharp! Pick up from Hotel and Transfer to Mandraki Harbor.

09:00: Departure on boat.

10:40: Arrival at the Port of Panormitis (an hour's stay).

While touring around the island you will see many churches and monasteries devoted to the Archangel Michael. The Greek Orthodox Monastery of Taxiarchis, Mihail Panormitis, is the most important on the island and second largest in the Dodecanese after the monastery of St John the Theologian in Patmos. The monastery is located on the south end of Symi, situated on the seafront of the tiny village of Panormitis. It is a closed-in cove with a small sandy beach, protected by a narrow inlet that opens out into a wide harbour. The mountainous backdrop is covered with pine trees which give the area an ambiance of solitude. The monastery is a large 18th-century Venetian-style building with the highest baroque bell tower in the world. The facade of the main structure is white and it stretches along the coast on either side of the main gateway. In excellent condition, the Italians constructed these two rows of buildings after World War II. These buildings now contain holiday flats and a bakery among other things.

Once inside the monastery main gate, visitors are welcomed by an inner courtyard decorated with exotic trees and plants and paved with 'hokhlakia'. The church dedicated to the Panormiti is on the left and inside contains the two-metre-high, silver-leafed wall icon of the Panormiti. The entire church interior is covered with iconography (of particular interest is the 'fall of the angels' mural at the back of the church) and is decorated with very elaborate chandeliers.

The exact historical date of the construction of this church remains unknown but some suggest that it was built around 450 AD over the site of an ancient temple dedicated to the pagan god Apollo. It is known for certainty that the existing church underwent a major renovation in the 18th century to bring it to the standard that is in existence today.

The monastery has two museums. One houses ecclesiastical art, and is rich in exhibits like pontificals, silver icons, Russian epitaphs, and ecclesiastical utensils, ship model offerings brought to Panormitis from far away by the sea, and one of folk art with important objects of the folk culture of the island relevant to fishing, agriculture, and shepherding. There is also a library with Byzantine manuscripts and editions of ecclesiastical, historical, and philological content, as well as a gallery with paintings of the landscape of the monastery and its two chapels. There is also a memorial to a former abbot, two monks, and two teachers, who in 1944 were executed for running a spy radio for the British commandos.

11:40: Departure from Panormitis Port.

12:30: Arrival at Symi Port.

16:15: Departure from Symi Port.

17:45: Arrival at Mandraki Harbor.

18:15: Arrival at Hotel.

Tickets: Boat trip: €30; Entrance to the site - Full: €2


Trips and sightseeing for the days following the conference and one cultural event during the conference.


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