Gardens of Aliartos (excerpt)

music: "Taksim" by Eyving Kang and Walter Zanetti, from the album Virginal Co Ordinates (Ipecac Recordings / Angelica, 2004).

Researcher: Yiannis Thomatos
Camera/Editing: Anastasia Diavasti
Sound: Iraklis Vlachakis
Academic Consultant: Vasilis Karapostolis
Direction: Y.Thomatos - A.Diavasti
Production: University of Athens / Municipality of Aliartos

The "Lake Copais Co. Ltd" buildings were constructed in Aliartos of Viotia in the mid-19th century and became property of the Greek state in 1953. The buildings that housed the headquarters and the residences of the English employees are spread around on a 28-acres field that also was a model botanical garden.
By a decree that the Ministry of Culture issued in 1991, they were identified as historical and preserved buildings. A restoration and development program for selected buildings started in 1994 but since then there was no maintenance and the whole area is now in decline.
The documentary aims to raise awareness on the area and persuade the owner of the property (Greek Ministry of Rural Affairs) to allow the municipality to maintain and develop the area.

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