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03 November, 2000
The Central Archaeological Council on Thursday approved a plan to preserve and landscape the Mycenae Acropolis, a famous archaeological site with landmark finds such as the Lion Gate and the tombs excavated by the legendary discoverer of Troy, Heinrich Schliemann.
According to the plan, "archaeological walks" will be designed with stops at important sites, which will recreate the trail followed by ancient writer Pausanias during his visit to Mycenae in the 2nd century B.C. - a time when the Mycenaean palaces had already been deserted.
The new route will follow in a single direction and it circumvents inaccessible points and stairs, which often have an incline of more than 25 per cent. This will make access to the site easier for visitors, even those with impaired mobility.
The plan also provides for a new protective cover for the Lion Gate made out of non-slip crystal on a stainless-steel frame.
The total cost of the project is expected to come to 3 billion drachmas.
Source: Athens News Agency