Council of State Nullifies Building Permit Given to High-Rise Building Near Acropolis

The Council of State, Greece’s Supreme Administrative Court, announced on Friday that it is canceling the approval of a building permit for the construction of a nine-story hotel with a three-level basement and a roof near the Acropolis.

The issue had sparked wide negative reactions recently, leading to the Central Archaeological Council (KAS) revoking its original decision to advise the Ministry of the Environment to grant permission for the building to be constructed.

No building around the hill of the Acropolis is permitted to exceed certain heights, all of which are several meters lower than the actual altitude of the Parthenon and the other monuments of the Acropolis Hill.

Following the alteration of the original KAS decision, the Council of State decided to cancel the pre-approval of the building permit as it had “lost its legal footing.”