Monastiraki Square reveals itself
Posted by Greeka.com on 07 Aug 2008
Various reactions by the pedestrians has caused the new paved square of Monastiraki, Athens city centre. The colorful mosaic floor is being gradually revealed and it is estimated to be ready by September.
The Central Archaeological Council of the Ministry of Culture decided to create a glass floor so that pedestrians can see the Iridanos River bed but not pollute it.
The decision to lay glass over the large sunken space around the 10th-century Pantanassa Church was taken following meetings with architects who considered many other options, including the use of mesh to allow visitors to hear the sound of the stream underfoot as well as seeing the river.
The long-delayed renovation of the square, one of the capital's busiest spots, will also extend to a historic fountain whose base was found on the site of Hadrian's Library. Kiosks currently operating in Monastiraki Square will be removed before the site re-opens to the public.