The Central Archaeological Council (KAS), the supreme institutional body for heritage-management in the country, 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.