For more than 2,000 years the Acropolis has stood above Athens as one of the great symbols of the ancient Greek republics.
GV PAN FROM Acropolis To Caryatids Nymphs on Errechteum Temple (2 shots)
SV PAN DOWN Statues as specialist works on statues
SV Statues inside frame during work (2 shots)
CU Head of statue and PAN UP TO man working on statue (3 shots)
GV PAN FROM Tourists TO statues being prepared for copying
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Background: For more than 2,000 years the Acropolis has stood above Athens as one of the great symbols of the ancient Greek republics.
SYNOPSIS: But over the last thirty years the buildings on the Acropolis have been damaged increasingly by pollution and tourists. The stone and marble of which they are built have suffered extensively from the chemicals and dirt in the air over the Greek capital, and the great number of tourists walking around the buildings has also affected them. The Greek government has now acted to save the statues.
The government has started a programme of work on the statues that will eventually allow them to be replaced by accurate copies. The originals will be stored until ways can be found to protect them from the harmful atmosphere. Already a specialist is preparing the statues, including the famous Caryatids on the Temple of Errechteum, for their eventual reproduction. They'll be protected from the rain by wooden roofs. Rain is believed to be one of the main damaging agents, causing damage as it drips down the statues by reacting with oxides of sulphur in the atmosphere and eating into the marble.