May 11, 2008

The Acropolis, its museum and a demolition

Last night, Husband, Daughter#2 and I went to the 31st Book Festival at Acropolis. Coincidentally, we chanced on the festive happening introducing this year's participants in the historic Acropolis rally. Husband -an avid F1 rally fan- was pleased. I thought they looked like some revved up jalopies that had seen better road days, but I couldn't help smiling at the fans' enthusiasm, who cheered and applauded the participants. Husband (luckily) got bored after some twenty cars and we finally made our way down through the book stalls, where as predicted we spent most of our allowances immediately on books we were drawn to or had planned to get.

Nearing the end of Dionysiou Areopagitou pedestrian zone we stopped to look at the new Acropolis Museum, which I'm glad finally exists -but, excuse my lack of architectural appreciation - seems too modern for my taste and stands out abruptly in the surroundings of old buildings and ancient ruins. Daughter#2 and myself signed the petition - a notebook in the entrance of 17 Dionysiou Areopagitou building: SO THAT THE GREEK GOVERNMENT DOES NOT DEMOLISH THE BUILDING 17 DIONYSIOU AREOPAGITOU BECAUSE ACCORDING TO THE MINISTRY OF CULTURE, THE GUESTS IN THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUM CAFETERIA WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SEE A PIECE OF THE ACROPOLIS ROCKHILL (!!!).

shot of one of the beautiful friezes at the entrance of the buildingI was amazed how many people were queuing to sign the petition and how many were shaking their heads, clucking their tongues with shame at what the Greek Ministry of so-called-Culture is planning. View the video below and check out the blog for full story. The irony is that the Greek Ministry of Environment has distinguished 17 Dionysiou Areopagitou as an architectural landmark and the Greek Ministry of Culture is moving for its demolition.

It's a cliché, a worn-torn Greek one, but nevertheless appropriate:
Only in Greece.