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    Priceless statues in the Acropolis are being removed to be replace by plaster replicas, to halt corrosion gradually eating away the ancient marble.

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    Priceless statues in the Acropolis are being removed to be replace by plaster replicas, to halt corrosion gradually eating away the ancient marble.

    SYNOPSIS: The shuffling of millions of feet, sonic booms from aircraft taking off and landing at nearby Athens airport, and the dull roar of traffic from the packed streets of the city below have taken their toll on the ancient monuments of Acropolis Hill. But the worst threat of all - atmospheric pollution and the rusting of metal joints used by restorers 45 years ago - has caused more damage since then than the ravages of nature over the two and a half thousand years.

    The most famous statues to be taken away, and to be replaced for the time being by plaster replicas, are the six maidens - the Caryatids. They have stood at the south portico of the Erechtheion, the old temple of Athens, since 500 B.C. They are due to be removed next year and stored in a museum until scientists find a method of protecting the marble from pollution and the elements. Only five will be replaced, however. One is already a cement copy of one of the maidens, removed by British Ambassador Lord Elgin early last century and now - ironically in better condition than its sisters - in the British Museum in London. The restoration was prompted by a United Nations report, which recommended urgent measures be taken to rescue the sculptured marbles.

    Another matter that required urgent attention was large pieces of marble falling from the ceilings, causing a danger to visitors.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC4R7IF0FYA6NRSN7FMU19KSWR
    Media URN:
    VLVAC4R7IF0FYA6NRSN7FMU19KSWR
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/11/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:44:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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