Greece’s Central Archaeological Council rescinded its decision approving the construction of a nine-story building in the south of Acropolis. The approval was issued on 25 September 2018, however, a strong protest by local residents forced the CAC to rethink it.
In a statement, the Archaeological Council said it conducted an inspection at the spot, on the plot at the intersection Misarilotou & Tsami Karatasi Steets in Koukaki on March 4, 2019.
The height of the nine-story building with three basements and a swimming pool on the roof is about 32 meters, the statement said adding that the height “would cause visual damage to the monument of the Acropolis and will not harmonize with the wider construction environment.”
Apart from one building constructed in 1989, the nine story one will have the highest height compared to the adjacent buildings, it added.
The inspection followed a suggestion by the Department of the Prehistoric and Classical Antiquites, CAC said, stressing that its decision on March 13 was unanimous.
The opinion of the Central Archaeological Council is necessary for the construction of buildings in areas where excavations take place.
Licenses for buildings around the Acropolis came under investigation after residents launched a protest last month claiming a “wall of hotels” is under construction around the landmark monument hindering the view to it. Cause of their protest was a 10-story hotel at Falirou Street.
Beginning of this month, the Environment and Energy Minister signed a decision temporary suspending building constructions with a height above 17.5 meters in the area south of Acropolis and Makriyanni-Koukaki districts of Athens.