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New Elevator Eases Access to Athens Acropolis

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Dignitaries look up at the new elevator at the Athens Acropolis; photo courtesy of the Greek government.

A new, wheelchair-accessible elevator was put into service at the Athens Acropolis on December 3, 2020, according to the Greek Reporter. With its glass cab, the elevator will allow riders to see nearly unobstructed views of Athens. The bottom landing sits at the ancient promenade on the north slope of the Acropolis, and riders are taken directly to the top of the hill. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the elevator is “an iconic project to the global community, on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.” He said the new elevator and new pathways make the Acropolis more accessible to those with mobility difficulties. The new inclined elevator replaces a failure-prone platform lift installed on the side of the hill in 2004.

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