Enhancing the Philopappos Archaeological SiteThis project site is an agglomerate of several particular features circumscribed by the following streets: Dionissiou Areopagitou, Apostolou Pavlou, Akamantos, Aracynthou, Panaitoliou, Mousson, Epiphanous, Garibaldi, and Roberto Galli. The site encompasses three of the most significant hills of ancient Athens: the Hill of the Muses (Philopappos) the Hill of the Nymphs (site of the modern Athens observatory) and, between the former two, the lower hill-col of Pnyx, culmination of the Athenian Democracy and the People?s Assembly.
Other significant monuments within the site include the fortifications of Demetrios Poliorketes, the Philopappos funerary monument, and many shrines dispersed over the landscape. All over the site one can find carved stones, the most important remnants of ancient settlements, probably belonging to the Demoi of Melite and Coile. The site also includes the Byzantine church of Aghios Demetrios Loumbardiaris, the 19th century Observatory building by Theophilus Hanssen, and the 20th century Ascent to Philopappos monument by Demetris Pichionis.
The natural landscape within the site is very diverse, as it includes steep rocky hillsides, gullies, cols, precipices, hills and small plateaus.
The character of the site is two-fold: besides its abundant archaeological significance, it also contains major urban green areas suitable for recreation and promenades.
Construction under this project will involve fencing, water and power lines to serve the Philopappos hill itself, and the creation of an outdoor exhibition space for sculpture in the context of the ?Design for Overall Enhancing of the Philopappos Archaeological Site?.
The goal of the project is to repair the existing fencing and construct new fencing with a reinforced concrete base and iron rails. Also electrical and mechanical installations and construction of the outdoor sculpture exhibition.
It has been proposed that a certain area to the south of the ?Dionysus? restaurant be set aside to create a space suitable for cultural exhibitions, which will accommodate a Sculpture Biennale similar to the one organized in 1964 by G. Kandylis.
The Biennale exhibition would draw its special character from the fact that it would be held in plain view of the Acropolis, drawing its topics and content from the lasting dialogue of modern and classic art.
The project was co-financed by the E.U. ? O.P. ?CULTURE? ? 75% ERDF ? CSF II & III ? Ministry of Culture