Sunday, September 16, 2012

Arch of Hadrian (and many others) threatened by Greek debt crisis

ATHENS - The Greek debt crisis threatens not only the stability of the country itself, but also its cultural heritage. Because of the widespread budget cuts, not all necessary restorations to the country’s many ancient monuments can be carried out.

Risk of collapse

This year, the Greek Ministry of Culture does not have enough funds for the maintenance and restoration of the hundreds of ancient monuments, which they were receiving on an annual basis. This year, however, this will not happen, with potentially disastrous consequences for a number of monuments.

According Despina Koutsoumba, head of the Greek Association of Archaeologists, some famous landmarks may even collapse: “The Arch of Hadrian and the Temple of Olympian Zeus are under threat of collapse,” she says. Koutsoumba also stated that many more monuments in Greece are facing the same danger.

Arch of Hadrian

The Arch of Hadrian was built in the second century AD. in honor of emperor Hadrian. The monument in Athens reminded her inhabitants to the many benefactions the Roman emperor had granted the city.

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