PPA SA will fund the work carried out on archaeological excavations at the Cruise Passenger Terminal

Piraeus,   29.01.2013


Press Release

The Board of PPA SA, after agreement with the Ministry of Culture, decided to fund the work carried out on archaeological excavations in the ancient part of the wall, which is located at the new Cruise Passenger Terminal (Themistocles).
The authorization for expenditure of € 100.691 Euros concerns the part of Palataki until the new station which has not yet been excavated.
The revelation of the remaining portion of the Kononeio Wall will complete the work of the Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities department for this region.
It should be noted that the PPA and the Ministry of Culture, in a recent meeting between the Secretary General for Culture Ms Lina Mendoni, the President and CEO of PPA SA, Mr. George Anomeritis, the Head of Technical Services and the Antiquities Inspectorate, it was decided that part of the Kononeio Wall, located in the area where large cruise ships berth, should remain open to visitors, while guarded by partial coverage of reinforced glass.
As Mr. George Anomeritis commented: "Piraeus is not just a great cruise port, it is a port that can depict 2.500 years of history, while showing its contribution to the development of Athens, Greece and Europe. The decision for the emergence of the walls is the best we can do to be able to show this to our cruise passengers from their first steps in our port. With this project, along with the works of the Cultural Coast of Piraeus, the port will be converted into a Gate of Tourism and Culture. "