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May 7, 2009

The New Acropolis Museum represents a new reason to visit Athens

Posted at 12:41 pm in New Acropolis Museum

Many travel articles about Greece are now focusing on the New Acropolis Museum as one of the key reasons for people to visit the country during the coming year. It is something that is of interests not just to archaeologists & academics, but to anyone who might also have visited the Acropolis site in the past. This wide appeal will also add huge amounts of publicity to the issue of the reunification of the Parthenon Marbles.

Howard County Times (Maryland, USA)

Rick Steves’ Europe: Athens
More than just the ‘big three’
By Rick Steves, Tribune Media Services
Posted 5/07/09

A century and a half ago, Athens was a humble, forgotten city of about 8,000 people. Today, one out of every three Greeks packs into this city of about 4 million.

Athens has been famous for its sprawl, noise and pollution. My advice has long been to see the big sights, then get out. But visiting it recently to research a new guidebook, I’ve seen a dramatic change. The city has made a concerted effort to curb pollution, clean up and pedestrianize the streets, spiff up the museums, build a new airport and invest in one of Europe’s better public transit systems.
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