Greece’s High Court Blocks Construction of Tall Buildings Near Acropolis

The Greek flag in front of the Acropolis. Photo by AMNA

Greece’s Council of State issued two rulings that temporarily suspend the construction of buildings in central Athens that would obstruct the view of Acropolis Hill, local media report.

According to Kathimerini, the court first rejected appeals to revoke a decision by the Ministry of Culture to revoke a permit for the construction of a new nine-story building on Misaraliotou Street near the Acropolis in the central Athens district of Koukaki.

The judges also decided to suspend the construction of buildings over 17.5 meters (57 feet) high in the area of Makrygianni and Koukaki.

The court explained that it aims to block construction which degrades the monument and its surroundings and provide the ministry with enough time to reconsider the urban planning laws in the area, Kathimerini says.