1.         Acropolis, Athens (Greece) (C 404)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1987

Criteria  (i)(ii)(iii)(iv)(vi)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger  N/A

Previous Committee Decisions  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/404/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/404/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions


Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Proposal for a 32m-high building in the vicinity of the Acropolis

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/404/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2002

The Secretariat received new information concerning the project for the construction of a 32m-high building indicating that the Licence No 743/2001 which was issued on 25 May 2001 by the Urban Planning Department of the Municipality of Athens - which is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of the Environment Urban Planning and Public Works – is definite. This information was transmitted to the authorities for review and to ICOMOS for comments. At the time of the preparation of this document, no reply from the State Party has been received.

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and ICCROM


Decision Adopted: 26 COM 21B.49

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Notes the information provided concerning the construction project located outside the site, outside the buffer zone and outside of the historic centre of Athens; 

2. Requests the State Party to give urgent consideration to a redefinition of the buffer zone in order to better protect the visual setting of the monument;

3. Requests the State Party to undertake a visual impact study, notably concerning the site of the Acropolis;

4. Further requests the State Party to provide information on any development projects which have an impact on the visual integrity of the World Heritage site;

5. Invites the State Party to provide by 1 February 2003, a report on these matters for examination by its 27th session in June/July 2003.