ATHENS – Greece’s Central Archaeological Council (KAS) has given its approval for a study looking into installation of a lift for disabled people who want to get atop the Acropolis to see the Parthenon and ancient works.
KAS is responsible for overseeing antiquities in the country and wields considerable influence over works, especially at revered sites like the Acropolis where people with disabilities had to use a platform lift that was installed in 2004.
The Culture Ministry said the elevator will start at the level of the ancient promenade, on the north slope of the Acropolis, and will transport visitors directly to the top of the hill, reported Kathimerini.
With KAS giving the okay, the contractor in charge of the work is expected to have the elevator up and operating in four months, as the summer tourism season kicks into full swing, the ministry said in a press release.
“The clock is already ticking,” Culture Minister Lina Mendoni said after KAS’ decision was announced. The project is financed by the Onassis Foundation.
The cage-like platform lift was installed in 2004 as part of an effort to make Athens more accessible during the Olympics and Paralympics but has had a number of mechanical failures and breakdowns.