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by Archaeology Newsroom

Greek archaeological sites: Hostile instead of hospitable

Did you know that drinking water is unavailable in the archaeological site of Olympeion, in central Athens? Or that the Acropolis lacks bilingual information labels and basic facilities for the blind? Or that in Delphi and Epidaurus there are no guides/brochures for the public?
According to international standards, not even one Greek site is enough equipped with first priority facilities so that it can reach a Category 1 classification as a venue.
 
According to the Minister of Culture P. Geroulanos and with regard to the point that “… if we want to promote our archaeological heritage so that it can be fruitful for local communities and our national economy, we must drastically “change the scenery” ” the authorities set the following priorities:
 
 
 To provide as many basic facilities as possible in all sites.

To upgrade asCategory 1all sites and museums with a high number of visitors as well as the ones characterized as UNESCO official sites (the Acropolis, Knossos, Olympia, Delphi, Epidaurus, Mycenae, Vergina, Rhodes Magisterial Palace, the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, Byzantine Museums in Athens and Thessaloniki)
 
To upgrade all sites with facilities gradually, so that they can reach Category 1 in the future.
 
The concept is to materialize with the effective use of financial resources coming from state-controlled organizations such as ΟΠΑΠand ΤΑΠ, and an EΣΠA funding.