And now the Acropolis is crumbling...

A European Union flag floats in the wind in front of the Acropolis in Athens on May 14, 2014
A European Union flag floats in the wind in front of the Acropolis in Athens on May 14, 2014

Just when Greece thought it had come through the worst of the crisis it was hit by a new blow Wednesday—the Acropolis is crumbling.

Engineers have discovered that part of the huge flat-topped rock on which the ancient Parthenon sits in the centre of Athens is starting to give way, the Greek news agency ANA said.

Teams from the Central Archaeological Council found "instability over quite a wide area" after investigating a rockfall in January in which a boulder of "considerable size" tumbled from the most visited site in the Greek capital.

Work to shore up the southern slope of the hill on which the 2,500-year-old temple complex sits will be necessary, the agency reported, blaming rainwater pipes from the old Acropolis museum.

Despite sharp cuts elsewhere, the restoration work on the site that has been going on since the 1970s has remained sacrosanct, a symbol of the country's glorious past.

In the not so glorious present Greece has had to endure six years of brutal recession, with unemployment soaring to 27 percent. However, for the first time since 2008 it is expected to see modest growth of 0.4 percent this year.


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Oct 02, 2014
Are they trying to restore it completely like it was some 2500 years ago?

That would be incredible.

Oct 02, 2014
Ironically, if it were not for this "glorious past", more stringent criteria--which it could not have fulfilled--would have been required for Greece to join the Euro. Left out side with the drachma, it would be presently--if not in an economic boom--at least with the kind of growth nonEuro members of the EU presently enjoy.

Oct 03, 2014
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It wasn't joining the EU that was the core problem it was the corruption and ingrained tax evasion.

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