Greece’s Money Pit

Since 2010, Greece has been suffering from an ongoing economic crisis consisting of crippling debt. However, this has not stopped the extensive restoration efforts at the Acropolis. How did this continuous “money pit” come to be and how exactly is it impacting the Greek State?

Sources for further reading:

1.) “Healing the Parthenon: Inside the Mammoth Restoration Project.” Greece Is, 26 Sept. 2017,

2.)  Law 3028/2002 – On The Protection of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage in General

3.) Smith, Helena. “Repair of Acropolis Needs 20 More Years and £47m.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 10 June 2005,

5 thoughts on “Greece’s Money Pit

  1. Rachael –
    This is really well done. It is very thoroughly developed and tells a clear and concise story. I also enjoyed reading it because I didn’t know anything about the restoration process! Nice work!

  2. Rachael,

    I always was curious about the restoration projects in place and how they are funded, and now I know! You did a great job telling a story that flowed and was engaging!

  3. Hi Rachael,

    It seems that the Greek state needs a massive Go Fund Me page. Hmmm, perhaps a project for Skinner’s Islanders? Your images show a good sense for organization and process. The images and their captions provide a narrative and logical order to the presentation. Good job!

    For your next blog, I recommend including your own thoughts about your research. Here in Flagstaff it’s easy for me to decide “Wow! Way too much money during an economic downturn.” My sense is that because you are there, and you are walking through it, you’re experience is beyond the number of Euros. Does the scaffolding affect your experience? Is the restoration expense secondary to what future children and those children’s children may one day experience? In other words, what do you think of the current discussions/arguments because you are now a first-hand witness and have primary experiences on the site in question.

    Have fun with your bog posts. The more you bring in your personal thoughts and conclusions based on your first-hand experiences along with all that you’re learning, the more interesting your stories are for us to read. I look forward to reading your next post.

  4. Saludos Rachael!

    Isn’t it crazy how as tourist we often miss some of the economic and societal context for ruins and old buildings. We expect that this knowledge and building will last forever, without much thought to who is paying to ensure that. So thank you for bringing this issue to our attention.

    What did you think of the scaffolding and the obvious chunks of new marble? Does it take away from the experience or do you think it’s worth the trouble to continue this project? You also talked about how people assumed tourists might react, but do you know how locals feel? Do you think their Greek identity continues to be tied to these ruins?

    I look forward to reading your next entry!

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