Her­itage sta­tus sought

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The Cul­ture Min­istry said yes­ter­day it will sub­mit the fi­nal nom­i­na­tion file to UN­ESCO at the end of the month seek­ing the dec­la­ra­tion of Crete’s Spinalonga islet, with its im­pres­sive 16th cen­tury Vene­tian fortress, a World Her­itage Site. The an­nounce­ment was made after Cen­tral Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal Coun­cil gave its ap­proval to the min­istry’s man­age­ment plan for the islet, which was also a leper colony in the 20th cen­tury, up un­til 1957. “The pos­si­ble in­clu­sion of the islet will make it the first site in Crete to be in­cluded on the UN­ESCO World Her­itage List,” said Maria An­dreadaki-Vlazaki, sec­re­tary gen­eral at the Cul­ture Min­istry. The fortress is the sec­ond most vis­ited ar­chae­o­log­i­cal site in Crete after the palace of Knos­sos.

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