On October 12th, 2016, his Excellency the President of the Hellenic Republic Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos awarded the medal of the Grand Commander of the Order of the Phoenix to the Professors N. Chr. Stampolidis and Petros Themelis for their academic contribution and their work on science, archaeology, and culture.
Chania, the birthplace and starting point of N. Chr. Stampolidis honored him for his contribution to the culture of Greece and the world at large. A beautiful and moving evening with soulful speeches by the Mayor of Chania Mr. G. Vamvouka, the Deputy Mayor Ms. Varvara Peraki, the archaeologist Stavroula Kavroulaki, and the Professor's teacher Ms. T. Papaderou.
The opening of the Museum of ancient Eleutherna took place on Sunday June 19, in Eleutherna in Rethymno, with great success and hundreds of guests. The opening of this nodal project happened under his Excellency President of Democracy, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, in an impressively simple but substantial ceremony. Important representatives of the political, diplomatic, academic, scientific, entrepreneurial, and cultural international sphere, and also representatives of the greatest museums of the world (MET, Louvre, Vatican, Sabbatic etc.) were present, thus rendering the opening of the Museum of ancient Eleutherna the most significant cultural event of our country for the year 2016.