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Acropolis Restoration Projects to See Funds from ‘Greece 2.0’ Recovery Plan

The Acropolis in Athens. Photo source: @Culture Ministry / Tasos Fytras

The Greek Finance Ministry presented this week the detailed analysis of renovation and restoration projects budgeted at 10 million euros to be carried out over a period of four years at the Acropolis in Athens under the country’s “Greece 2.0” recovery plan.

More specifically, 8.9 million euros will come out of the national recovery fund and 1.0 million euros from Greece’s public investments program and will be distributed annually as follows: 1.825 million euros in 2022, 3.239 million euros in 2023, 2.740 million euros in 2024, and 2.196 million euros in 2025.

The works will be selected and assigned by the culture ministry and a relevant competition is expected to be announced in the coming days.

The aim is by 2025 to have completed the works on the UNESCO World Heritage site, including interventions on the Parthenon and on surrounding walls and monuments in an attempt to slow down the impact of climate change as well as projects to improve accessibility to the site.

A new pathway leading to the Parthenon.

A new pathway leading to the Parthenon.

Late last year, Culture Minister Lina Mendoni announced that the Acropolis  and its monuments would become accessible to the visually impaired in June. In 2020, the ministry also unveiled a new lift and specially designed paths facilitating wheelchair access to the site.

Recovery funds will cover a series of approved projects and works including the restoration, preservation and promotion of the monuments; surface maintenance; infrastructure and public service facilities; research, documentation and information; educational activities and studies.

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