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AcropolisofAthens.gr, a web-based initiative for the reunification of the Acropolis sculptures in Athens
Nikolaos Chatziandreou, PhD
MA Managing Archaeological Sites

The Acropolis of Athens is a World Heritage Site and the symbol of World Heritage (UNESCO, ref. 404, document 2006 Periodic Reporting). The conceptual restoration of the monument through the reunification of the Parthenon and other Acropolis sculptures in the Acropolis Museum in Athens is the ultimate issue of antiquity conservation awaiting action. In 2012, with the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention by the international community, the necessity of the reunification became even more evident. Bringing all of the sculptures of the Acropolis together is a matter of ethics, vision and will.

AcropolisofAthens.gr (www.AcropolisofAthens.gr) is a web-based initiative that aims to raise public awareness of the removal of the ancient sculptures from the Acropolis in the 19th century and promote their reunification in the Acropolis Museum in Athens. It was established to promote the values that will reunite the sculptures as an act of making this world a better place. AcropolisofAthens.gr has grown to a major information portal about the Acropolis, attracting research and tourist queries from around the world. Building on its powerful message for art integrity and World Heritage preservation, in 2010 the website had 40,000 visitors, in 2011 65,000 visitors, and in 2012 the site’s exposure peaked at 139,000 visitors. AcropolisofAthens.gr has been mentioned in the international press including USA TODAY, TIME, The Telegraph, and the Secretariat General of Communication - Secretariat General of Information of the Hellenic Republic. On 13 June 2005 the National Radio and Television Broadcasting Company in Greece (ERT) presented AcropolisofAthens.gr as the 'Site of the Day' on their homepage and gave it a permanent entry in the Culture section of their Web Directory.

Today AcropolisofAthens.gr is No. 1 hit on Google.co.uk for the term 'acropolis' and has a place in the Top 3 hits on Google.com on worldwide searches.

You are welcome to visit AcropolisofAthens.gr and discover aspects of an issue that concerns millions of people.

To find out more about AcropolisofAthens.gr you can start your navigation at the About section of the www.AcropolisofAthens.gr website.

To stay in tune with the latest updates on the reunification of the Sculptures, you can connect with the AcropolisofAthens.gr social media platforms:

Facebook www.facebook.com/AcropolisofAthens.gr
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YouTube www.youtube.com/user/AcropolisAthens

It is your participation that makes the difference!

AcropolisofAthens.gr
The reunification of the Acropolis sculptures is a matter of time and understanding. It's already started.

acropolisofathens@gmail.com

6/03/2013
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