Category: Elements inscribed on the National Inventory of ICH

Polyphonic Singing in Epirus

Polyphonic Singing in Epirus, one of the most significant examples in the repertoire of world polyphonic music, is a living tradition and an element of the cultural identity of the populations of the borderland region of Epirus and the Greek minority of Albania. It was developed in parallel with byzantine music, whereas it shares affinity […]


Rebetiko is an urban popular music that flourished in the first half of the 20th century. With influences from both folk and Asia Minor songs, it reflects the historical and social context of its time, during which the private life of the margins developed in particular. Over time, it spread to the social strata of […]

Tsakonian dance

For the Tsakonian people, Tsakonian dance is a musical and dance event as well as a particular ritual, a symbol of their collective cultural identity. It has become known throughout Greece, particularly through performances by schools and associations.

The Art of Chanting

The Art of Chanting is the mnemotechnics of the rendering of chants in Church services (practitioners, Liturgical Typikon, planning of concerts, resources, manuals, training and its characteristic cultural constitutive elements and idioms). It was inscribed on the National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2015. Form of the element of Intangible Cultural Heritage – The […]

The art of drystone walling

The art of building stone structures without any binding material. The term “art of drystone walling” indicates the construction of stone structures without any binding material (dry). Drystone structures can either be highly visible, as in the case of the impressive clusters of terraced cultivations, or discreet and humble, as in the case of farming […]

Sacred Forests of the villages of Zagori and Konitsa

The sacred forests of Zagori and Konitsa are sites where chopping trees is forbidden and where it is feared that cutting down their branches can result in supernatural punishments. In most cases, sacred forests are not church property but communal or public land. Even so, the inhabitants of the communities recognise the Church as their […]

The craft of wooden shipbuilding

Wooden shipbuilding (or Traditional shipbuilding) is the handicraft construction of a vessel through the use of natural timber (conception, design, construction, equipment, decoration) and its relevant cultural practices and mentalities. It is a living traditional craft that has been practiced in Greece for centuries. It possesses unique technical, typological and cultural characteristics, some of which […]

Momoeria, New Year’s celebrations

Momoeria is a New Year’s celebratory custom that takes place during the Greek-Orthodox “Dodekaemero”(the twelve days between Christmas Day and Epiphany) in eight villages in the Kozani Prefecture (Tetralofos, Agios Dimitrios, Alonakia, Skiti, Protochori, Komnina, Asvestopetra, Karyochori).

Tinian Marble Craftsmanship

The art of extracting and processing marble in Tinos, influenced by Byzantine art, was fully developed during the late Venetian Rule (17th c.). It is about the construction of an object, self-contained or part of a larger construction, made of marble (extraction of raw material, squaring, design, decoration, assembly, installation) and its relevant social and […]