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Accessibility of People with Disabilities to the Athenian Acropolis ...

Accessibility of People with Disabilities to the Athenian Acropolis ...

Accessibility of People with Disabilities to the Athenian Acropolis

Accessibility of People with Disabilities to the Athenian Acropolis The Athenian Acropolis is 160 m. high and 2500 years old, yet it had remained inaccessible to people with various types of disabilities until the organization of the Paralympics Games 2004. A specially designed elevator, which was placed on the north slope of the Hill, covers a distance of 70 m. from the foot to the top of the site (fig.1). To further facilitate their access to the elevator, a special separate entrance north of the main entrance to the site, has been constructed, where a van vehicle can transport them to a conveyor platform, which can then transfer both wheelchair and person to the above mentioned elevator. The rocky surface of the site on top of the Hill rendered it essential for a specially defined path to be constructed which can ensure a smooth tour (fig.2,3). W.C. facilities for people with disabilities are available both on the west slope of the Hill, as well as on the east side of the site, that is on top of the Hill. On a daily basis the site is visited by 10 people with disabilities on an average while during the Paralympics Games 2004, all the above mentioned facilities were used by a total of 3.000 people with disabilities, both athletes and their escorts, a fact which extracted favorable comments. Contact: georgakav@ath.forthnet.gr Vassiliki Georgaka (M.Ed., PhD) Archaeologist - Curator of the Acropolis Archaeological Site Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism

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