Greece’s Central Archaeological Council (KAS) has approved the regeneration of the archaeological site and park located at Plato’s Academy in Athens.
The studies which were submitted by the Municipality of Athens and the Athens Ephorate of Antiquities, aim to promote the archaeological site that is connected with the Gymnasium and Plato’s School of Philosophy, which is considered the world’s first university.
"The regeneration program fully respects the history of the space and revives the spirit of the Platonic Academy for the simultaneous education of mind and body," said Greek Culture Minister Lina Mendoni.
The project includes the area’s upgrade and the construction of the Archaeological Museum of Athens.
The museum will present the city’s history through the findings of archaeological research conducted for decades underneath Athens.
According to Athens Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis, the regeneration project creates "a great opportunity for the entire area that has suffered a lot in recent years, due to its abandonment."
“We are given the opportunity to transform it into a place of destination and development. To upgrade the quality of life and daily life of its inhabitants and to become our starting point for a path that goes through entrepreneurship, new jobs and its modernisation,” he added.
The project, which will focus on the revamp of the south and southeastern part of the archaeological site, aims to:
- highlight the archaeological and historic significance of the site
- protect and promote the archaeological site and its monuments
- improve accessibility and create a path that connects the level of the antiquities with the modern city and the park
- upgrade the neighbourhood and create a green area for walks and recreational activities
- enhance the safety of visitors, public property and cultural heritage