A historic church and several houses, a whole neighborhood, are at high risk to slide into the sea after a big landslide took down the slope in the old Castle area on the island of Skopelos, Sporades, on Sunday, 13. January 2019.
Years-long soil erosion and lack of maintenance works have led to this dangerous situation in an area that attracts thousands of visitors every summer.
Soil erosion has caused cracks on the deck along the entire road in the area and rock movements have caused major damages to the historic monuments of the Castle.
Last Sunday, another large landslide was a warning to the residents, who say that if no measures are taken, large parts of the Castle will collapse, causing serious problems in one of the most visited places on the island, local media stress.
The mayor of Skopelos told media that they have sent several letters to the Ministry of Culture urging authorities in Athens to take measures as the Castle has been declared a preserved monument due to its post-Byzantine Churches.
The post-Byzantine chapel “Agios Nikolaos”, the Poor, is located at the point where the landslide occurred.
“This area of the Castle will be marked as dangerous for visitors until the damages have been restored,” the mayor assured the residents, local media and other bodies who demand that action should be taken immediately.
The “Kastro” area, from Panagitsa of Pyrgos to Mylos, is the oldest part of the town of Skopelos and is on the tourist route of the island. The ruins of the ancient Acropolis after the medieval fortification are there as well as five historic churches with great frescoes and carved wooden temples.