The European Center for Language Studies - Miranta Merkouri was founded in the summer of 1991 and was initially located at an old building, which was fully renovated to fulfill the necessary building qualifications for language schools at Papaflessa 40 Street in Pirgos, Ilias.
A year later, in 1992, in light of the growing number of students and the small-sized classes offered, the European Center for Language Studies - Miranta Merkouri rents out a 2-floor building on Patroklou Street in Pirgos, which it begins to renovate, so as to relocate in September 1993 and live up to the expectations of its selective students and their parents.
Unfortunately, the devastating earthquake of March 26, 1993 completely destroys both buildings and costs the school a financial loss of over €35000 then (unadjusted) right at the beginning of the operation of the European Center for Language Studies.
In spite of the above, within one month, the language school of Mrs. Miranta Merkouri, defying weariness and expenses, temporarily relocates to a ground-level building, specially modified again for the language school specifications, at Deligianni Street in Pirgos and by working double teaching shifts, extended the educational year until the end of June 1993, so that students would not lose their educational year and their smooth lesson flows in English and German.
Furthermore, she finds a semi-ready building at Papaflessa 30 Street, where she still remains located today, and brings a construction crew from Athens, that specializes in modern anti-seismic constructions, and transforms the rooms into a compliant school with European specifications.
The European Center for Language Studies - Miranta Merkouri covers an area today of 650m2 (1st floor, mezzanine, and ground floor) and consists of the management offices, the secretariat, the teacher’s lounge, 16 teaching rooms, a kindergarden room with special educational equipment for the needs of the kindergarden classes (children aged 5-7), a computer room, a show-room, eight bathrooms, and two kitchens. Furthermore, it offers a Teacher’s Lounge, where the staff can constantly get updated in its field, on domestic and international issues, not only on educational material and magazines but also on educational seminars and methodologies. Finally, there is a lending library for its students.
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