Court allows ISAP work to resume despite ancient altar

Much-delayed works on the Monastiraki section of the Kifissia-Piraeus electric railway (ISAP), which were temporarily suspended following a court decision against the covering up of antiquities unearthed during renovation works on its southbound tracks, resumed on Tuesday after judges revoked their earlier ruling.

The Athens First Instance Court accepted the appeal made by ISAP. The company had cited safety concerns given that the line serves some 90,000 commuters a day. Archaeologists have identified the findings as part of the Altar of the Twelve Gods, a landmark monument dedicated to the 12 deities worshipped in ancient Greece.

Members of a group dubbed the Citizens? Initiative for the Rescue and Promotion of the Altar of the Twelve Gods earlier this month took out an injunction against ISAP, demanding that the site be cleared and protected, leading to engineering work being suspended.

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