Acropolis Museum marks 10-year anniversary with new extension

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People visit the excavation beneath the Acropolis museum in Athens, on its opening day on June 21, 2019 which coincides with ten years of museum operation. (AFP)
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People visit the excavation beneath the Acropolis museum in Athens, on its opening day on June 21, 2019 which coincides with ten years of museum operation. (AFP)
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People visit the excavation beneath the Acropolis museum in Athens, on its opening day on June 21, 2019 which coincides with ten years of museum operation. (AFP)
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People visit the excavation beneath the Acropolis museum in Athens, on its opening day on June 21, 2019 which coincides with ten years of museum operation. (AFP)
Updated 21 June 2019

Acropolis Museum marks 10-year anniversary with new extension

  • The new 4,000-square-meter (43,000-square-feet) extension displays the remains of ancient baths and hot water pipes, public latrines, homes, wells and workshops
  • Greece’s Acropolis Museum includes a section reserved for the disputed Parthenon Marbles, currently at the British Museum in London

ATHENS: Greece’s Acropolis Museum has opened to the public a new section housing the remains of an ancient Athens neighborhood to mark its 10-year-anniversary, organizers said Friday.
The new 4,000-square-meter (43,000-square-feet) extension displays the remains of ancient baths and hot water pipes, public latrines, homes, wells and workshops, organizers said.
Most of the remains are Roman and Byzantine but “some date back to Classical Athens,” said museum director Dimitris Pantermalis.
According to Classical-era historian Thucydides, this particular part of Athens was first inhabited some 5,000 years ago, Pantermalis said.
The remains were first unearthed during the museum’s construction between 1997 and 2004, but were previously only partially visible through the entrance glass floor.
Their excavation was delayed by the Greek economic crisis, organizers said.
Objects found during the dig are to be displayed at the museum at a later date.
Since it opened in June 2009, the Acropolis Museum has welcomed 14.5 million visitors.
The museum and the Acropolis are Greece’s top two archaeological sites.
Designed by celebrated Franco-Swiss architect Bernard Tschumi, the three-level building offers panoramic views of the Acropolis citadel and showcases sculptures from the golden age of Athenian democracy.
Set out over a total area of over 14,000 square meters (150,000 square feet), it harnesses natural light to show off hundreds of artefacts and sculptures.
It includes a section reserved for the disputed Parthenon Marbles, currently at the British Museum in London.
Greece has long pursued a campaign for the return of the priceless friezes, removed in 1806 by Lord Elgin when Greece was occupied by the Ottoman Empire, but the British Museum refuses to repatriate them.


Lead roles for Saudi stars as Okaz Nights concerts begin

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Updated 25 August 2019

Lead roles for Saudi stars as Okaz Nights concerts begin

  • Abadi Al-Johar and Dalia Mubarak shine in wonderful musical evening

TAIF: The Okaz Nights series of concerts began with a wonderful evening featuring Saudi stars Abadi Al-Johar and Dalia Mubarak at the Okaz Main Theater, which has been given a new look.

The concerts are part of Taif Season, which is presenting events throughout August. The concert with Al-Johar and Mubarak, which sold out quickly, was well received by the audience of more than 2,500.

The evening began at 9.30 p.m. with a collection of new and old songs from Mubarak, supported by 27 musicians. Al-Johar then greeted her with beautiful and famous songs.

Emirati singer Hussain Al-Jasmi also performed at the theater, which will host Syrian musical artist Asala Nasri on Aug. 28 and Ahlam Al-Shamsi on Aug. 30.