Category: Elements inscribed on the National Inventory of ICH

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 […]

Know-how of cultivating mastic on the Island of Chios

The pistacia lentiscus shrub, which grows in south Chios, and from which is extracted an aromatic resin called mastic, has been renowned since the Middle Ages for its properties and multiple uses. The production of mastic, an ancient practice unaltered over time, impacts the social structure and cultural landscape of 24 Mastic Villages (St Georges, Armolia, […]

The Mediterranean diet

The Mediterranean Diet refers to knowledge and practices related with the gathering, preparation and consumption of food. They constitute a common basis of Mediterranean traditional/local nutritional systems, especially those of olive-growing areas.The Mediterranean basin is identified by common climatic and ecological features. Common historical experiences contributed to the formation of certain common characteristics that all […]