A series of restoration projects aimed at upgrading the archaeological site of the Acropolis in Athens are underway with the first phase set to be completed by the end of May, according to Greek Culture Minister Lina Mendoni.
Among the works is the installation of a new lift that once in place will enable improved disabled access to the ancient site and popular tourist attraction. The new lift is scheduled to be operational by the end of July, pushed back by the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, said Mendoni.
Other works include providing expanded access to the UNESCO World Heritage site visited by millions each year, re-designing and enhancing the lighting, as well as support interventions on the Parthenon.
Both the lighting installations and the elevator have been funded by the Onassis Foundation.
Lastly, the minister announced that an international competition for the upgrade of the old Acropolis museum is set to be announced next month after 2 million euros in funds were secured for the project by the Attica Region.
“It is our priority to proceed smoothly with the eight projects we have launched on the Acropolis; to upgrade the image of the archaeological site and the services provided in order to meet visitors’ expectations,” said Mendoni.