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“To the splendour of our Byzantine heritage”. Managing Orthodox churches in the island of Naxos

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Stelios Lekakis



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Following the “social turn” in heritage management and its political connotations towards respect and involvement of different views and practices, in the last decade there has been a growing discussion on the thematics of ‘religious heritage’ and ‘living heritage’, commonly related to the management of sacred sites and the problems that rise from the interaction of interested groups, i.e. the facilitators of worship, official-state managers, local communities, pilgrims and tourists. In Greece the discussion has been focusing on the active monastic communities and the negotiation of power among the relevant stakeholders, mostly instigated by the surge of tourism in renowned religious heritage sites and its consequences. Based on the above discussion, this paper takes a broader view on the subject, examining issues encountered in the management of byzantine monuments in Greece, focusing on the island of Naxos. Living heritage is in the foreground, i.e. the byzantine churches used in the course of the Orthodox tradition through the relative policies of the Greek state -in their historicity- but also via the local receptions and aspirations of the relevant stakeholders. For the discussion of the latter, I draw on ethnographic data collected in my doctoral and on-going post-doctoral research in the Southern Aegean Sea. In the end, international management trends are briefly reviewed, focusing on rural, religious monuments, locating patterns that might be useful in the Greek case.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Lekakis S

Editor(s): Crow, J; Hill, D;

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Naxos and the Byzantine Aegean Conference

Year of Conference: 2014

Pages: 371-390

Print publication date: 01/01/2018

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

Date deposited: 12/02/2018

ISSN: 2459-3230

Publisher: Norwegian Institute at Athens

Notes: Conference papers published as "Naxos and the Byzantine Aegean: Insular Responses to Regional Change"

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Series Title: Papers and Monographs from the Norwegian Institute at Athens

ISBN: 9789608514577