Mr Haris Yiotis
Deputy Mayor of Daily Matters
Municipality of Corfu
Corfu, 28 August 2023
Dear Mr Yiotis,
Subject: Conservation initiative of the Aspiotis Family Tomb in the Municipal Cemetery of Corfu
On 23 August, the President of the Corfu Heritage Foundation Count Spiro Flamburiari sent a letter to the Head of Cemeteries of the Municipality of Corfu, Mr Spyros Vavaris, regarding our offer to conserve the Aspiotis Family Tomb. Today, after three working days, we received a call informing us that the Cemeteries Manager deals only with financial matters and that you are responsible for this matter.
One of the goals of the Corfu Heritage Foundation is to preserve historical monuments. I am active in this area, as a PhD art historian, who has experience in conservation matters during my tenure as curator of the collection of the American College of Greece (2004-2012) and of our Foundation’s collection (2016 to the present).
With this letter we bring to your attention as a subject the Aspiotis Family Tomb in the Municipal Cemetery of Corfu, an exceptional work of 1893 by the romantic sculptor Evangelos Kallos (1861-1931). In this important monument there were chronic natural damages, which we judged to be in need of urgent restoration. The attached three photos numbered from 1 to 3 show that the condition of the stone construction and decoration of the tomb was critical.
Therefore, the Corfu Heritage Foundation undertook to take care of the basic maintenance of the urgent matters as soon as possible. For this reason we thought it prudent – as it would take time for you to approve our offer in writing – to do the right thing at our own risk. Therefore, in this letter the four photographs numbered 4 to 7 record our beneficial interventions. We note that this initiative of ours was taken without your prior approval exceptionally due to the criticality of the situation of the monument in question.
We are given the opportunity here to point out that the cemeteries of historic cities, such as the Old Town of Corfu, are places of history, culture and heritage. Unfortunately, all the cemeteries of the city in question – Municipal, British, Jewish and Catholic – need permanent checks and life-saving interventions. We inform you, for future reference, that our Foundation offers to contribute to this specific need in a consultative and practical manner after consultation with your department.
Communication Officer of the Corfu Heritage Foundation
Mrs Meropi-Spyridoula Ydraiou, Mayor of Corfu
Count Spiro Flamburiari, Chairman of the Corfu Heritage Foundation