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Historical Building to be Demolished for View of the Acropolis
The Culture Minister revoked state protection of Areopagitou 17 and 19 when the rest of the nation was focused on forest fires in the southern part of the country.
The building, standing just 300 meters from the Acropolis, was designed by Greek architect Vassilis Kouremenos, a Paris-trained friend of Pablo Picasso. Ironically, the structure was originally protected by the driving force behind the new museum, the late actress and former Culture Minister Melina Mercouri.
Two adjacent buildings on Dionyssiou Areopagitou Street will not be automatically demolished, as they are both still protected by the Ministry of Public Works. But Voulgarakis' decision is expected to ease the way for that listing to be revoked too.
Read the whole article here.
Thanks to Mel Kots and John Kots on Flickr for the photo of the "almost ready" Acropolis Museum.