Plan to re­pair Acrop­o­lis wall gets green light

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The Cen­tral Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal Coun­cil (KAS), the supreme in­sti­tu­tional body for the man­age­ment of Greece’s her­itage, has au­tho­rized a study for the restora­tion of the south­ern wall of the Acrop­o­lis in the heart of Athens af­ter it was par­tially dam­aged by heavy rain­fall in 2012.

The study, which has been drawn up by An­thee Hatzi­papa, an ar­chi­tect-engi­neer with the Acrop­o­lis Restora­tion Ser­vice (YSMA), was un­veiled at KAS head­quar­ters on Tues­day. Ac­cord­ing to the plan, most of the re­pair work will have to con­cen­trate on the Ot­toman-era ad­di­tions to the an­cient walls.

“The time has come [to re­pair] the walls; prob­lems have in­ten­si­fied be­cause of rain­wa­ters,” Pro­fes­sor Char­alam­bos Bouras, head of the Com­mit­tee for the Con­ser­va­tion of the Acrop­o­lis Mon­u­ments (ESMA), told the meet­ing, adding that ac­tion will soon have to be taken over at the north­ern sec­tion of the an­cient for­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Ex­perts said that dam­age was also the re­sult of a se­ri­ous leak in the sewer sys­tem of the now-de­funct mu­seum on top of the an­cient ci­tadel dur­ing the 1990s. A new mu­seum was built at the foot of the hill in 2009.

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