Greece’s top court blocks construction of tall buildings around Acropolis


Greece’s Council of State has issued two rulings that temporarily suspend the construction of buildings in central Athens that would obstruct the view of the Acropolis Hill.

In decisions made public on Wednesday, the court rejected appeals to revoke the Ministry of Culture’s decision to deny a permit for the construction of a new nine-floor building on Misaraliotou Street, near the Acropolis in the central Athens district of Koukaki.

The construction of buildings over 17.5 m has been suspended by Greece’s High Court. Source: Ekathimerini.

The judges also decided to suspend the construction of buildings over 17.5 meters high in the area of Makriyianni and Koukaki.

In its reasoning, the court explained that it aims to block construction that degrades the monument and its surroundings, and provide the ministry with enough time to reconsider the urban planning laws in the area.

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