Ormylia Foundation, established in 1982, is a non-profit institution based in Ormylia, Chalkidiki, Greece. It reflects the will of the Holy Monastery of Simonopetra and the Holy Convent of the Annunciation to make a contribution for the benefit of mankind and culture, in the tradition of Orthodox Monasticism.
Ormylia Foundation provides the community with two major commodities: preventive medicine (being) and the opportunity to understand better the spiritual / cultural tradition and heritage of our people (well-being). Over the last years, Ormylia Foundation has developed medical and social services and research, as well as projects and methods for the study, documentation, preservation, protection and promotion of cultural heritage. Moreover, using this experience Ormylia Foundation has built one of the major databases for the Byzantine iconography and culture. The asset of this scientific knowledge leads to the development of actions for scientists but also for educational purposes, while connecting modern society with the spiritual tradition of the past.
Through the Art Diagnosis Centre, Ormylia Foundation is involved in technological research and development for the study and documentation of cultural heritage, with the support of the State and university departments. It also aims to improve the existing technology and develop new instruments and devices for the continuous upgrading of laboratory infrastructure and the methodology used, covering a full range of applications for the documentation and protection of artworks and cultural monuments.
The infrastructure and research activity, which has been developed in the context of successful competing projects, qualifies the Foundation to provide high standard services in various fields of scientific research and industry.
Providing advanced technology and research services in the areas of documentation and restoration of the European cultural heritage, biomedical technology and the industry in general, is a strategic objective for Ormylia Foundation that has become common practice.
In addition, Ormylia Foundation extends its research interest and activities in the social field, targeting groups at risk of exclusion (older people and children) and promoting actions supported by modern technological means that will ensure their social inclusion or rehabilitation.