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Face Forward …into my home

The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST) in collaboration with UNHCR and the support of the European Commission's department for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), presented in winter 2017-2018 at the Museum in Athens,  the interactive art project Face Forward …into my home. Following its warm reception in Athens, the project is now hosted in Crete, from 14 September to 14 October 2018, in the framework of the Municipality of Heraklion Festival “Crete, one history, 5+1 civilisations”, and is also expanded with the participation of refugees who reside on the island.


Vitturi gate

At the eastern side of the Venetian Walls we find the restored Vitturi Gate which was used exclusively for military purposes. The initial name of the Vitturi Bastion was Gonia Kallergi (Kallergis’s Corner) then it changed to Agios Eleftherios (Saint Eleftherios) after the name of an old temple and finally in 1540 it took the name Vitturi after the Provveditore Generale who had completed the construction works. The entrance to Vitturi Gate is located on Pediados Street, quarter of Vigla. An arcade leads to the piazza bassa (low square) where the date 1565 is written between the embrasures. From the piazza bassa a sloping sally port (sortita) leads to the trench. At the end of the sally port there is a mine shaft heading south. During WWII the arcade from Pediados Street to the piazza bassa was used as a shelter.   


Saint Mark’s Basilica is located on a prominent site of 25th August Street, at the city centre and opposite the Morosini Fountain. It is currently housing the Municipal Art Gallery. Upon conquering Crete the Venetians began building a temple consecrated to Saint Mark, their patron saint. The temple, built opposite the Ducal Palace, was an important building for the citizens of Crete during the Venetian era. All the officials and rulers of the island took up their duties in an official ceremony held at the temple and people would ask for the Saint’s protection when in need. Moreover, the Dukes and the members of the island’s aristocracy were buried in sarcophagi with bas-relief decorations. Two of these graves are visible today on the eastern side of the temple.      
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