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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-05-27

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  • [01] Restoration of Acropolis Propylaea completed
  • [02] ASE opening: Decline

  • [01] Restoration of Acropolis Propylaea completed

    All scaffolding and cranes were fully removed from the Propylaea of the Acropolis, the monumental entrance, or gateway, to the Acropolis, following completion of the restoration work on the central building of the structure.

    The Propylaea was built under the direction of Athenian leader Pericles, but the building itself was designed by the architect Mnesicles, while construction began in 437 BCE and was terminated in 432 BCE, while the building was still unfinished.

    The Propylaea is constructed of white Pentelic marble and gray Eleusian marble or limestone, used for accentuation.

    The structure comprises a central building and two adjoining wings on the west, or outer, side and on the south side.

    The core of the structure is the central building built with a standard six-column Doric facade on the west of the entrance to the Acropolis, and reflects the proportions, although not the size, of the columns of the Parthenon.

    The central building contains the gate wall, about two-thirds of the way through it, while there are five gates in the wall: one for the central passageway, which was not paved and lay along the natural level of the ground, and two on either side at the level of the building's eastern porch, five steps up from the level of the western porch. The central passageway was the culmination of the Sacred Way, which led to the Acropolis from Eleusis.

    [02] ASE opening: Decline

    Equity prices were declining at the opening of trade on Thursday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index down 1.86 percent, standing at 1,557.20 points at 11:15 am, and turnover at 24.210 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving mostly downward, with the biggest gains in Chemicals, up 2.04 percent; and Public Utilities, up 1.35 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Food & Beverage, down 4.00 percent; and Health, down 3.09 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was down 2.24 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was down 0.30 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 0.03 percent.

    Of the stocks traded, 45 were up, 25 were down, and 22 were unchanged.

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