A new concrete pathway to the Acropolis in Athens has sparked a debate between authorities seeking to extend access to Greece’s most famous ancient sites and detractors who claim it damages the site’s classical harmony.
Last month, Opposition Leader Alexis Tsipras called on the conservative government to “stop exploiting our cultural heritage,” claiming that the renovations will “alter the landscape” of a world heritage site.
The new walkway, which is made of grey concrete, is built atop a synthetic membrane that preserves the ancient stones under it and allows for easy removal, according to architect Manolis Korres, who is in charge of the project and has worked on the Acropolis since 1975.
In March, it reopened to the public, replacing an older walkway from the 1970s that had deteriorated over time.
Other modifications include a new elevator and golf carts, with plans for tactile mobile models to help blind persons to have a more complete experience of the monuments.