2011 Archived News

Chilean miners visit Acropolis Museum


Twenty-five out of the 33 celebrated Chilean miners that arrived in Greece this week visited the New Acropolis Museum on Wednesday, where they were greeted by Tourism & Culture Minister Pavlos Geroulanos at the state-of-the-art facility, which faces the Acropolis in downtown Athens.

"On the days that our Chilean colleagues were trapped in the mine, we sent a letter of solidarity, inviting them to Greece after the end of their ordeal," said Lymberis Polychronopoulos, the vice president of the Greece-based mining group EL.MIN, which invited the 32 Chilean miners and one Bolivian colleague to Greece.

The 33 miners and their families arrived in the east Mediterranean country on Tuesday. Earlier on Wednesday, they were received by Greek President Karolos Papoulias at the presidential mansion. The group will depart for Hania, Crete on Thursday.

SOURCE: Athens News Agency