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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-05-31

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] The 10th century Castle of Platamonas
  • [02] ASE opening: Big rise

  • [01] The 10th century Castle of Platamonas

    ANA-MPA/The 10th century AD venetian Castle of Platamonas, one of the most significant tourist destinations in Pieria prefecture, is a fortress-town of the middle Byzantine period at the southeastern foot of Mt. Olympus, nestled on a hill beside the sea in a strategic position above the shortest route between Macedonia and Thessaly.

    The Castle, a walled medieval settlement, is one of the most beautiful and best preserved castles in Greece and, given its position, controlled the road to the entrance of the Valley of Tempe, the strategic passage to southern Greece.ana-mpa

    Built on the site of the ancient city of Herakleia, named after the demi-god Heracles (Hercules), Platamon (Platamonas) Castle recently underwent restoration work and is now not only fully accessible to visitors, but also hosts concerts and other cultural events during the summer.

    An imposing site by day, the Castle takes on a breathtaking charm at night when the newly-installed floodlights are turned on.

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form

    [02] ASE opening: Big rise

    Equity prices were rising at the opening of trade on Tuesday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index up 2.95 percent, standing at 1,276.89 points at 11:15 am, and turnover at 18.867 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving upward, with the biggest gains in Constructions, up 4.20 percent; Banks, up 3.93 percent and Financial Services, up 4.61 percent.

    The only losses were in Chemicals, down 1.90 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was up 3.53 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was up 2.35 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 2.08 percent.

    Of the stocks traded, 63 were up, 14 were down, and 10 were unchanged.

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form


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