This tower too which disfigures the view on the Acropolis

This is a building of 33 meters high, which overlooks all the others. Nothing surprising in that, in an Athens that revives an abundance of constructions errati

This tower too which disfigures the view on the Acropolis

This is a building of 33 meters high, which overlooks all the others. Nothing surprising in that, in an Athens that revives an abundance of constructions erratic. Often, as in the case of achievements hotel. But this building, too aroused the excitement of the inhabitants. And for good reason: it lies at the feet of the Parthenon. Scaffolds are aligned on a plot of 2700 m2, and it is a trauma visual which disfigures the view of the sacred rock of the Acropolis.

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petitions have already raised over 22.000 signatures. Residents angry want to go to the end and enter the State Council to terminate the licenses granted in 2017. Because it is said that the owners of this hotel, ten-storey, four higher than the adjacent buildings, would not have received the authorization yet very severe Council of archaeologists (KAS). The ministry of the Environment has responded by bringing together a committee in order to limit construction in this area.

The legislation of 2017 allows for the realization of buildings of ten floors. Adopted in order to respond to the exponential growth of tourists in the country, it generated controversy. Greece has received 32 million visitors last summer, three times its population. And in recent months, the hotels of three to five star, have been springing up like mushrooms. "We account for nearly one new hotel per day in the downtown athenian", said Vassilis Daskalopoulos, political analyst who dreads the birth of a new real estate bubble.

Updated Date: 26 February 2019, 00:00

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