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Archaeological Findings Will Remain in Thessaloniki Metro

Greek-antiquities-1After a long meeting that lasted over 10 hours and was accompanied by a heated debate, the Greek Central Archaeological Council favored the detachment of the Byzantine findings of Venizelos station of Thessaloniki Metro and their repositioning to a specially formed area within the metro station.
The debate was also attended by the Mayor of Thessaloniki, Yiannis Boutaris, who supported the preservation of antiquities in the station. He also presented his vision which is the creation of an archaeological park in the city center, which will include,  archaeological monuments of the city and antiquities found during works for the construction of the Metro. The meeting was also attended by the president of the Association of Greek Archaeologists, Despina Koutsouba, who supported among other things the creation of an open archaeological site, which will be accessible to all citizens of Thessaloniki and not only to the passengers of the metro.
The general secretary of the Ministry of Culture and Sports of Greece pointed out that any further delay of the project must be avoided as it may jeopardize its realization. It is noted that the construction of the Thessaloniki Metro started in June 2006 and must be completed by 2018.

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