Almost 40 Years Later the Acropolis Restoration Project Is Still Going Strong

The Acropolis Restoration Project continues with a 5 million euro budget for the next phase which is expected to last until 2020 and will focus on new measures to insure the protection, conservation, restoration and enhancement of the monuments of the Acropolis.

The restoration work being done is overseen by the Acropolis Restoration Service and the next phase includes carrying out work on the Parthenon’s western pediment, the north wall of the ancient monument as well as the Propylaea and the Erechtheion.

The project began in 1975 and was implemented by a panel of scientists on what is known as the Committee for the Conservation of the Acropolis Monuments (ESMA). At the beginning, it was a rescue operation to save many of the monuments which, at the time, had very serious structural damage as well as surface damage. The project has been on-going for nearly 40 years and following investigation, the restoration teams have been successful in correcting the previous misplacement of the scattered ancient stones and building materials to restore many sizable areas of the monuments to their original form.