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Acropolis: Archaeologists Angry about Renovation

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Some do not want further renovations of the Acropolis in Athens:

 

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Dozens of archeologists, university professors, and others around the world have signed an open letter protesting a series of renovations planned for the Acropolis in Athens, a Unesco World Heritage Site. 

The group says the plans, which include overhauling a major entrance to the Propylaea, the site’s monumental gateway, would be “equivalent to the degradation, concealment, and devaluation of the greatest archaeological and artistic treasure that has been bequeathed to modern Greece, in which humanity has entrusted its preservation.”

 

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Renovations to the Acropolis, one of the world’s most treasured archaeological sites, are often met with controversy. The last example came last fall, when the ministry upgraded old walkways with reinforced concrete, ostensibly to make them more accessible to people with disabilities.

 

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/acropolis-renovation-1962796

 

Summary: It is a fine balance about preserving antiquity and improving access to the public. This is a very different reaction to the planned retractable floor of the Colosseum in Rome. 

 

Below are two wonderful images of the Acropolis during last winter (2021).

 

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The Parthenon temple atop the Athenian Acropolis hill is pictured during heavy snowfalls in Athens on February 16, 2021. (Photo by ARIS MESSINIS/AFP via Getty Images)

The Parthenon temple atop the Athenian Acropolis hill is pictured during heavy snowfalls in Athens on February 16, 2021. (Photo by ARIS MESSINIS/AFP via Getty Images)

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The photos are really beautiful.

 

It is a fine balance about preserving antiquity and improving access to the public

So true.

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