Culture Minister Mihalis Liapis on Wednesday announced that a dry run for the transfer of antiquities from the old museum on the Acropolis to the new ultra-modern Acropolis Museum on Makrygianni street is to take place a week on Thursday, on October 11.
"For all of us, our primary concern is the safe transfer of the artifacts," Liapis stressed in statements on Wednesday regarding the move, during a visit to inspect work on the conservation and packaging of the exhibits that is now entering the final stages.
Two of the cranes forming the crane-relay that will carry out the antiquities down the hill from the summit of the Acropolis have been set up at the Dionysus theatre and on Tripodon Street, while a third will be erected over the next few days within the grounds of the new museum on Makrygianni street.
Liapis said the government would take all measures necessary to minimise the inconvenience to passers-by and local residents on pedestrianised Dionysiou Areopagitou street, which skirts the entrance to the Acropolis and leads to Thissio, while the transfer of the antiquities was taking place.
The actual transfer of the antiquities is scheduled to begin on October 14.
Source: Athens News Agency