Vanishing act…

Vanishing act: Only five of the original eight slender, fluted columns of the 5th century BC Temple of Athena Nike remained in place on the Acropolis of Athens yesterday. The other three, along with the temple walls and roof, have been removed under a huge restoration and conservation program scheduled for completion around the time of the 2004 Olympic Games. The temple will start to be reassembled next year. Yesterday, the last 3.5-ton column on the east side was removed, leaving four to go. Representing EPAE were the association’s three top-ranked officials, Thanassis Kanellopoulos, its president, and his two deputies, Socrates Kokkalis and Evangelos Mytilineos.

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