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4000 years of Hellenic Costume

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The next morning (Saturday, June 2nd) we visited 'Hellenic Cosmos', a Cultural Centre of vital importance. 'Hellenic Cosmos' is an old industrial place that has been converted into a modern building to house the Cultural Centre of the Foundation of the Hellenic World and it is open daily. The Foundation (FHW) was established in 1993 by Lazaros Efraimoglou and his family and its aim is to encourage the awareness, understanding and the promotion of Hellenic history and culture by means of modern technology. Many pedagogues, educators, historians, graphic designers, computer engineers and producers of audiovisual materials collaborate in the creation of educational programmes and exhibitions.
In the Cultural Centre there are:
The Computer Room, where the students can travel to the 'Hellenic History on the Internet'. At the same time they are informed about the use of multimedia all over the world.
The Projection Room, where archaeological documentaries are presented. One of these is 'Miletos…a four dimensional City'. This documentary based on material of archaeological excavations, represents the buildings of Miletos in three dimensions. Another documentary presents a journey to the coast of Asia Minor, called 'Asia Minor…searching for what still remains from the past'.
The Virtual Reality Sector, a big room the walls of which are screens of projection. The students putting on special plastic glasses can move to an imaginary world and experience historical representations. The viewer has the illusion that he is experiencing and interacting with the projected virtual environment.
Have you ever tried to visit with your imagination an ancient city, not what remains from the past, but to visit it during the time it was flourishing?
We did it however difficult it seems to be! We visited ancient Miletos, the 'Metropolis of Ionia', a city with a developed town planning and famous philosophers (Thales, Anaximandros, Anaximenes). We managed to navigate to the temple of Delphinion Apollo, the Bouleuterion, the Hellenistic Gymnasium, the Ionian Stoa and the North Stoa. We even swam in the harbour of Miletos.
Quite impressive was the exhibition 'Krossia, Chitones, Doulamades, Velades, 4000 years of Hellenic costume'. This innovative exhibition presented a panorama of Hellenic costume from prehistory until the dawn of the 20th century. Theatricality is the hallmark of this exhibition. Multimedia installations, photographic material, videos and life-like figures dressed in reproductions of ethnic costume, create a unique, multisensory presentation. Greatly impressed by Lefkos!
Lefkos, our guide robot!

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We were also greatly impressed by Lefkos, an interactive guide robot that took us around the exhibits and at the same time it guided everybody who was on line and connected with the site of the Foundation of the Hellenic World.

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