Excavations on the site visible to passers-by

The entrance to the museum is from Dionysiou Areopagitou Street. Descending 24 meters to the base level of the museum (the concrete structure has already been completed), visitors can either go to the excavated area below via a ramp or enter the museum without descending the ramp. Upon entering the museum, there are excavations on various levels to the left and right. The excavated area can also be seen after visiting the rest of the museum. A part will be in the open air with another part under the building’s pile pier. Visitors will circulate among the excavated finds on walkways. «We have requested that images be placed as well at key points so as to highlight points of interest, such as a trace of an ancient junction. The average visitor needs to understand what is being shown, as whole structures are not intact. At night there will be lighting in three color shades to enable visitors to differentiate between the Hellenistic, Roman and Early Byzantine ruins,» said Photiadis. The architect went on to explain that above the excavations «the building follows the contour of the rectangular plot with the reappropriated buildings (already demolished), the metro and listed buildings (Weiler building, two apartment blocks on Dionysiou Areopagitou). On the third floor, the orientation of the gallery is different so as to replicate the lighting and conditions under which the sculptures were originally seen on the Acropolis.»

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