What is the preservation of ancient ruins worth? Apparently tonnes of earth… Once the construction works of Tram way in Piraeus are concluded in Vassileos Georgiou Avenue, earth will cover the ancient ruins of Makras Stoas, the long covered way in the heart of the city.
The Long Stoa was part of the temple of Dionysus, still between the Municipality Theater of Piraeus and the Agias Triadas Church.
“The construction works for Tram did not obtain the permission of Greece’s Archaeological Council (KAS) and there has been no relevant decision by Ministry of Culture, “notes archaeology website Culture Archives, in an article entitled “Last time we see Ancient Piraeus.”
The section of the archaeological site to be covered to disappear under earth and tram tracks was close to the House of Dionisus theater groups that participated in the 4th century B.C. festivities to honor the god Dionysus.
The website implies a “first-class scandal in the name of development.'”
The findings and the ancient site drawn by German archaeologists in 1884.
It is not the first time the ruins in the area are been covered in the name of development. Unearthed in 1884 during construction works for the Municipality Theater of Piraeus, workers brought to light after several centuries, an altar, columns, rooms, corridors, arcades, water tanks, inscriptions dedicated to the sponsors of the ancient festivals.
The largest part of the ancient ruins was covered right away, the impressive modern theater wiped out the ancient history of Piraeus.
Picture dated 1915.
*The pictures of tram works were shot in the second half of April 2018.