PLUGGY addresses the need of the society to be actively involved in cultural heritage activities, not only as an observer, but also as a maintainer, creator and a major influencing factor.

A heritage that is everywhere, and relevant to everyday life, is one of the preconditions for genuine sustainability. Currently, there are not adequate ICT tools to support citizens in their everyday activities in shaping cultural heritage and be shaped by it. Existing applications and repositories for heritage dissemination do not really create heritage communities. Social platforms certainly offer potential to build networks, but they have not been exploited yet with regards to cultural heritage promotion and integration in people’s everyday life.

PLUGGY, the Pluggable Social Platform for Heritage Awareness and Participation, aims to bridge this gap by providing the necessary tools to allow users to share their local knowledge and everyday experience with others, together with the contribution of cultural institutions, building extensive networks around a common area interest, connecting the past, the present and the future.



PLUGGY provides a social platform and a series of pluggable applications that aim at facilitating a continuing process of creating, modifying and safeguarding heritage where European citizens will be consumers, creators and maintainers of cultural activities.

PLUGGY’s Social Platform users will be able to curate stories using PLUGGY’s Curatorial tool. Content will be both crowdsourced and retrieved from digital collections, allowing users to create links between seemingly unrelated facts, events, people and digitized collections, leading to new approaches of presenting cultural resources and new ways of interacting with them. PLUGGY’s users will build living Virtual Exhibitions around topics they think are important and publish them for others to experience. The collections of these Virtual Exhibitions will eventually form Virtual Museums, curated and experienced by virtual heritage communities.

PLUGGY’s Social Platform users will be able to access its content through a dedicated web interface and Virtual Exhibitions through the pluggable applications. They will be able to search its overall content ranging from localized specific content to comprehensive personalized stories and experience Virtual Exhibitions through applications, covering a variety of technologies from Augmented and Virtual Reality to collaborative games for mobile devices. Through the Social Platform, they will be able to create networks, communities and link with other social media.

PLUGGY will provide the necessary architecture, structure and interfaces for the creation of pluggable applications, allowing for beyond-the-project, not yet imagined ways to utilize the content on the social platform, while focusing on the design of the social interaction, helping to build new virtual heritage communities.


Augmented Reality App

An Augmented Reality App to liven users’ stories. This App will include virtual models and overlaid information, suitable for museums and indoor applications.

Geolocation App

A geolocation mobile App to showcase the geographical information of cultural heritage spots. The App will notify the user about nearby interesting ‘encounters’, targeted to outdoor activities.

3D Sonic Narratives App

A 3D sonic narratives App for stories that focus mainly on audio, utilizing advanced 3D sound techniques for a more accurate and realistic sense.

Collaborative Games App

A video game authoring App that provides the basic bricks to develop without specific programming knowledge collaborative games, where participants will have to work together to compose a comprehensive story around a specific cultural heritage topic. This game will be deployed in mobile phones and will use their cameras and processing power to implement an Augmented or Virtual Reality game.



PLUGGY’s novel technologies are expected to enable the citizens of Europe, even in its less developed regions, to be actively involved in cultural heritage activities: this will allow a better understanding of their local surroundings and relations with far-away cultures.

Through their cooperation and interaction, the users of the PLUGGY social platform and its pluggable applications will be able to develop a common cultural and intellectual heritage of Europe and to participate in the shaping of an overall European culture landscape.

PLUGGY’s strong effects on:

Society | PLUGGY promotes wider understanding of heritage and recognises that objects and places are not, in themselves, what is important about cultural heritage, but rather the meanings and uses that people attach to them and the values they represent.

Economic Growth & Sustainability | PLUGGY improves innovation capacity and integration of new knowledge. Through its smart technologies, appealing and accessible by all, it will mobilise vivid economic sectors i.e. tourism and the creative industries, indirectly promoting local development and entrepreneurship.

Environment | PLUGGY promotes cultural diversity. Culture, like Nature, needs diversity to thrive. Understanding and promoting diversity in culture will inevitably promote ecological awareness.

Heritage & EU | PLUGGY’s crowdsourcing and Social Platform approach enables more participative, democratic and creative cultural heritage actions, a key objective of European Agenda for Culture.


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Με το Pluggy γιορτάζουμε την πολιτιστική κληρονομιά της Ευρώπης και μοιραζόμαστε ιστορίες, τοπικές παραδόσεις, ήθη και έθιμα που κάνουν τον πολιτισμό μας μοναδικό. Παραμείνετε συντονισμένοι στο Pluggy και στο www.pluggy-project.eu/ για περισσότερες πολιτιστικές ιστορίες και νέα του project.

With Pluggy we celebrate Europe’s cultural heritage, by sharing stories, local traditions and customs that make our culture unique. Stay tuned with Pluggy and www.pluggy-project.eu/ for more cultural stories and project news. Please scroll down for English version. Please scroll down for English version.

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Αποτροπαϊκά σύμβολα σε μαρμάρινους φεγγίτες

Οι φεγγίτες αποτελούν χαρακτηριστικό δείγμα της τηνιακής μαρμαροτεχνίας, η οποία έχει ενταχθεί στον Κατάλογο της Άυλης Πολιτιστικής Κληρονομιάς της UNESCO, λόγω των ιδιαίτερων πολιτισμικών χαρακτηριστικών που τη συνδέουν, ως ζωντανή παράδοση, με τη σύγχρονη εποχή και την καθημερινότητα των ντόπιων πολιτών. Τοποθετημένοι ως διάτρητα υπέρθυρα πάνω από τις πόρτες και τα παράθυρα σπιτιών και εκκλησιών, λειτουργούν συμβολικά για την προστασία της εισόδου από υπερφυσικές δυνάμεις καθώς, σύμφωνα με τη λαϊκή παράδοση, αυτή αποτελεί το πλέον προβεβλημένο σημείο του οικήματος. Για τον σκοπό αυτό, ο διάκοσμός τους περιλαμβάνει, εκτός από διάφορα μυθολογικά, γεωμετρικά, ηλιακά, γονιμικά και διακοσμητικά μοτίβα, αποτροπαϊκά θέματα (σταυρούς, πεντάλφες, θηρία, δικέφαλους αετούς, κλπ.), συνδυάζοντας την πρακτική λειτουργία (ρύθμιση φωτισμού και αερισμού του χώρου) με την αισθητική.

Χαρακτηριστικά δείγματα τέτοιων φεγγιτών περιλαμβάνει η μόνιμη έκθεση του Μουσείου Μαρμαροτεχνίας του Πολιτιστικού Ιδρύματος Ομίλου Πειραιώς, στον Πύργο Τήνου. Ένας από αυτούς, που χρονολογείται στη δεκαετία του 1750/60, απεικονίζει το σπάνιο θέμα των βρακοφόρων φρουρών με ξίφος, «αποστολή» των οποίων είναι να τρέπουν σε φυγή τα πονηρά πνεύματα. Οι ξιφοφόροι φρουροί, φορώντας τη νησιώτικη βράκα κι ένα είδος πηληκίου ή περικεφαλαίας, παραστέκουν την είσοδο από τις δύο πλευρές του φεγγίτη. Τα σπαθιά τους προξενούν τον φυσικό τρόμο, αλλά ίσως στο βάθος να κρύβουν και κάποια εξορκιστική πρόθεση για τα δαιμόνια.

Ως προς το σχήμα, τη μορφή και τη σύνθεσή τους, οι τηνιακοί φεγγίτες διακρίνονται σε ημικυκλικούς, με οριζόντιες ζώνες ανοιγμάτων ή διάτρητο κεντρικό θέμα, ορθογωνικούς, αψιδωτούς και κυκλικούς. Στο Μουσείο Μαρμαροτεχνίας παρουσιάζεται, σε μορφή εργαστηρίου, η διαδικασία κατασκευής τους και ειδικότερα οι εργασίες σχεδιασμού, μορφοποίησης και διακόσμησής τους. Επίσης, εκτίθενται σύνολα από αυθεντικούς φεγγίτες, αναδεικνύοντας τόσο τις εξελικτικές φάσεις της κατασκευής και της διακόσμησής τους κατά τον 18ο αιώνα, όσο και τη λειτουργική θέση τους στις προσόψεις σπιτιών και εκκλησιών του νησιού μέχρι και τις μέρες μας.

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Apotropaic symbols on marble fanlights

Fanlights are typical creations of Tinian marble crafts, inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, due to their special characteristics that link them as living tradition with our own age and our everyday life. They figure as perforated lintels over doors and windows of houses and churches, and they symbolize the protection of the entrance from supernatural forces, since according to popular tradition this is the most prominent point of a dwelling. Accordingly, their decoration comprises various mythological, geometrical, solar motifs, as well as decorative features and fertility motifs, and also apotropaic subjects (crosses, pentacles, monsters, double-headed eagles etc.), combining functionality (lighting and ventilation of spaces) with aesthetics.

Characteristic samples of such fanlights can be seen in the permanent exhibition of the Museum of Marble Crafts created by the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation in Pyrgos, Tinos. One of them, dating from the 1750/60s, depicts the rare subject of “vrachophoroi” guards in traditional trousers and armed with swords, whose “mission” is to repel evil spirits. The sword-bearing armed guards, wearing the typical trousers of islanders and a cap or helmet, keep watch on both sides of the entrance on the fanlight girded. Their swords may inspire terror, but may also be serving the intention to ward off demons.

According to shape, form and decoration, Tinian fanlights are classified as semi-circular with horizontal zones of openings or a perforated central subject, rectangular, arched or circular ones. The Museum of Marble Crafts presents, in the form of a workshop, their production procedure, and specifically the design, formation and decoration processes. In addition, a series of original fanlights are exhibited, highlighting the development stages in their crafting and decoration in the 18th century as well as their functional position on the facades of traditional island houses and churches even today.

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