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The Athenian Temple of Artemis Agrotera an endangered site

In 2010 we will commemorate the 2500 years from the victory of the Athenians at the Battle of Marathon. The temple of Artemis Agrotera is directly linked to the battle since the Athenians vowed their victory to the goddess.

The Athenian Temple of Artemis Agrotera an endangered site
Aerial photo showing location of the site [Credit: Artemis Agrotera]
Each year on the 6th day of the month Boedromion (September), the name day of the goddess and anniversary of the battle of Marathon, the Athenians honored her with great festivities and sacrifices for assisting them in their victory against the Persians.

This year of commemoration let us honor Artemis Agrotera with a full excavation and the complete protection of the archaeological site ╬┐pen to the public once and for all.

The Athenian Temple of Artemis Agrotera an endangered site
The temple was converted into a Christian basilica in the 5th century and much later in the 17th century with the addition
of a dome into the church dedicated to the Virgin Mary known as "Panagia stin Petra". The detailed drawings of elevations,
ground plans and members of the temple and its pediment (now in the museum of Berlin and Venice) executed by
architects J. Stewart & N. Revett on their visit to Athens give testimony of the monument as it stood in 1753
[Credit: Artemis Agrotera] is a dynamic site of information, communication, and active protest concerning the endangered archaeological site of the 5th BC ionic temple of Artemis Agrotera on Ardittou St, Mets in the centre of Athens, created by the Citizens of Mets Initiative.

“We are a diverse group of people concerned with cultural heritage and the environment and who react to incidents of destruction that occur in the area of Mets. The temple of Artemis is our most important issue presently and we have decided to put it on the net because we believe its scope extends beyond the boundaries of our neighbourhood. The sacred site is endangered by a lobby of speculative real estate developers and perspective builders and a slackening in its protection by the state.”

The Athenian Temple of Artemis Agrotera an endangered site
Current state of the monument [Credit: Artemis Agrotera]
“The purpose of this site is to inform all interested about the historical significance of the temple and to engender support via a petition. The signatures gathered will then be sent to the Greek Parliament and to the European Parliament with the request that the sacred site of the temple of Artemis Agrotera be finally expropriated, fully excavated, unified to the archeological sites adjoining it and opened to the general public, and this after over a century since it was first excavated in 1897 and over forty years since it was protected and first declared for expropriation in 1964.”

The website will be open to your support and suggestions for action.

Sign the petition to save the Temple here

Source: Artemis Agrotera [January 22, 2010]


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