Heading from Beijing to Shanghai the night before last meant an inevitable hike through the giant terminal at Capital Airport. Our small group was delighted however to pause at the photo exhibition of Edinburgh flanking either side of the main walkway heading to the departure gates transit area.
Forming part of a joint photography project between Beijing and Edinburgh airport authorities, the Chinese presentation of Edinburgh’s heritage, culture, streetscape and landscape is done on a typically large scale, with great visual impact. Heritage sells well here, and remains a key motivation and enjoyment factor in Chinese visitation to the UK, and Scotland in particular.
The construction of the Athens International Airport ‘Eleftherios Venizelos’ revealed a number of archaeological remains. The terminal building houses a small museum containing finds from the Neolithic to the post-Byzantine period. There is a short bilingual guide to the museum (Mesogeia Attica History & Civilisation) with a plan, a map of sites from the airport zone, photographs of some sites, and descriptions of a selection of the finds. The sections include:
Excavations on the site of the Airport at Spata
Archaeological evidence from late antiquity to the Post-Byzantine period in the area of the Airport
The excavations at Saints Peter and Paul church area, Spata