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by Archaeology Newsroom

The Historic Route of Athens. Their Contribution to the Environment and Physiognomy of the City

The conduct of the Olympic Games in Athens in August of 2004 is a unique opportunity for the upgrading of the urban environment of the city. In this framework, the elevation of the physiognomy of Athens, the smarting up of its contemporary building tissue and the upgrading and projection of its cultural deposits through their incorporation in the everyday function of the city-, appear as urgent priorities. Therefore, to the main cultural endeavor of the capital towards this direction belongs the recently attempted unification of the basic cultural poles of Athens, which can be reached through the historic route of the city: starting from the Ardettos Hill, it passes by the Olympeion, the Acropolis slopes, the Philopappos Hill, the Ancient and the Roman Agora, the Theseum temple and terminates to the area of the ancient cemetery of Kerameikos, the third historical square of the city, according to the original plan of the Greek capital, drawn by Kleanthis and Schaubert in 1833. It is known that the rest of Athens is characterized by a plethora of Neoclassical, Byzantine and other edifices of distinct character and works of art, an assembly of monuments that coexists with a variety of ancient historical architecture and sculpture. The elevation and projection of the aforementioned cultural elements in homogeneous groups can offer the possibility so that a wide spectrum of cultural units to be exhibited, units which will express the historical significance and the cultural tradition of the City of Democracy, Science, Art, Athletics and Civilization. There is no doubt that such a great enterprise will lead to the adoption and realization of the notion that the surrounding area of a monument or a work of art also needs the same attention as the work of art itself.