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Tall apartment block to obstruct view of Byzantine church December 8, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Architecture Greece.

Local residents fear loss of antiquities found on construction site around Aghioi Pantes (All Saints)

Ambelokipi residents are infuriated by a decision that has given the green light to construction of a multistory building behind the Panathinaikos soccer ground. They object because the new building will completely overshadow the little Church of Aghioi Pantes (All Saints). Local residents complain that antiquities found on the construction site will be sacrificed to expediency.

The City of Athens, whose town-planning offices issued the permit, claims that the Culture Ministry has given its consent.

The Church of Aghioi Pantes belongs to the Petraki Monastery and is one of the few Byzantine monuments in the area. It was built on the ruins of the ancient temple of Ourania Aphrodite, around the 11th century, the same period as the churches of Kapnikarea, Aghioi Theodoroi in Klafthmonos Square and Omorfokklisia in Galatsi. The Aghioi Omologites Monastery grew up around the church. In 1957, the chapel was restored, but it was gradually surrounded by apartment blocks. The new block almost embraces the Byzantine church, leaving no space around it at all, local residents protest, who also fear that the antiquities found on the site will be cemented over.

According to the City of Athens, the Culture Ministry’s Directorate of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage approved the construction of the apartment block. The same source stated that the antiquities will be protected.

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