The Greek culture ministry announced this week that it had secured a total of 276,000 euros in funding for works on the ancient Amphipolis site to include the construction of a network of walking routes for visitors.
The routes will offer travelers a chance to tour the excavated monuments in the central area of the archaeological site which includes the Christian Acropolis and two separate sub-sections of the city.
The funds are part of the EU’s “Greece – Bulgaria 2014 – 2020” program, and works on the project are set to begin next month.
Through the project, the culture ministry is aiming to establish the Amphipolis site as a leading archaeological destination and thus a driver of the local economy. The site, which is where Alexander the Great prepared for campaigns leading to his invasion of Asia, revealed in 2014 a Macedonian tomb with archaeologists still seeking to find the identity of the person buried there.
According to Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) forecasts, the site is expected to record a 21 percent rise in the number of arrivals and a 15 percent increase in revenue over the five years, while the number of visitors interested in culture will exceed those seeking sea and sun holidays.