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Ancient Road Lies in Path of Thessaloniki’s New Subway

Tuesday, October 08, 2013


THESSALONIKI, GREECE—Some 200 archaeologists and concerned citizens protested money-saving plans to remove a fourth-century Roman road and a row of shops from the path of a proposed subway station and reconstruct them in another location in Thessaloniki. The protesters and the 12,000 people who signed a petition want the marketplace preserved in situ. “It is important for the city that relics of its history be incorporated in its living fabric, the metro network. They will draw visitors and city dwellers, but at the same time the city must not be completely alienated from its past,” explained Aristotelis Mentzos of the University of Thessaloniki.