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08 September, 1999
Culture Minister Elizabeth Papazoi and her ministry's Secretary General Lina Mendoni visited museums and archaeological sites in the Attica basin immediately after the earthquake which struck Athens at noon yesterday.
They ascertained that problems appeared at the National Archaeological Museum, the building housing it has developed cracks, in collecting urns kept on the first floor. Some urns of a medium and small size rolled over and broke. Ms. Papazoi decided to keep the museum closed for three days to enable a full report to be drawn up on the situation.
No problems were ascertained at the Acropolis and the museum. The sole thing ascertained was that small pieces fell from one of the Parthenon's pillars, while the same was also the case at the Propylae.
Small-scale problems appeared at the Ancient Market museum, which are being addressed. The museum will open at 10 a.m. this morning after Archaeological Service employees have previously repaired damage.
The Tzistaraki mosque in Monastiraki Square was also damaged.
No problems were faced at the Kerameikos, Elefsina and Kanellopoulos museums and at the archaeological sites at the Ancient Market, Kerameikos, Elefsina, Olympeio Adrian's Arch and Kapnikarea.
Source: Athens News Agency