Can a blog change the world? Maybe a small piece of it. An earlier article in CoinsWeekly
stirred Greek officials into action, finally allowing local activists to perform a much-needed
cleanup on an ancient temple site unearthed in 2000 in the city of Thessaloniki. Congratulations!
A short time ago we reported in CoinsWeekly on an intriguing temple of Aphrodite in the
heart of Thessaloniki, a temple that, alas!, was sinking into rubbish because the responsible
Archaeological Service did not do anything to preserve and conserve it. A citizen initiative had
some plans but they had to deal with many adverse directives.
Now one of these activists has informed us that our article caused quite a stir in the Greek
bureaus of the Antiquity administration causing facts at last. The competent department gave those
engaged persons permission to cleanse all the waste and rubbish of the monument in their immediate
And there was no need to tell the men and women twice, they snapped the chance!
At the end not only a lot of plastic bags were brimmed, ...but the very temple was visible again.
Before and After
These people engaged actively in the interest of the preservation of cultural property in their
neighborhood. Hopefully the Archaeological Service will follow their good example contributing to
the preservation of that monument which can tell us much and will certainly attract tourists if it
was only conserved properly and made known.
However, we are glad that our article has caused more than one could expect - considering internet
publications as uncoupled from the "real" world. And, naturally, we will continue to support
activities of this kind in the future!
To read the complete article, see:
Temple of Aphrodite in Thessaloniki cleansed
For images of the temple cleanup operation, see:
To read the earlier CoinsWeekly article, see:
Thessaloniki fights for its cultural future
Wayne Homren, Editor
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