The Central Archaeological Council (CAC) approved unanimously the reports on the official limits of ancient sites and the environmental impact of the investment plan for Astir Vouliagmenis on Tuesday.
The approval includes clauses for a special architectural study that will improve the protection of the archaeological site of the Temple of Apollo Zoster and link it, through a sidewalk, to a nearby hill which contains the remains of an early Helladic settlement and a Hellenistic fort dated to the 3rd century BC.
Under an opinion issued by CAC in March 2016 that was approved as a ministerial decision, the temple and its area will become an official archaeological site accessible to the public from the public road, and cut off from the rest of the bathing facilities, as it is fully protected.
Other studies approved by the council include small-scale additions, restoration and repairs on existing buildings (e.g. Arion and Nafsika Hotels) and improvements in the network of roads, additions of sidewalks, and the restoration of the natural terrain.
The Astir Vouliagmeni investment, which covers slightly more than 30 hectares, includes a five-star hotel complex and other tourism facilities. The investment plan does not include the temple of Apollo Zoster, which is located between two sections of the privatisation plot and belongs to the Greek state.
Antiquities on the site
Apollo’s temple was founded at the end of the 6th century BC and excavated in the ’20s. Bases for statues of gods were excavated within the temple and a small rectangular altar was found near it.
Until recently the temple was seriously threatened by stagnant water, but drain works approved in 2009 resolved the issue.
Other findings in the area include a cistern with a water fountain (discovered in 1960 north of the temple), a so-called Priest’s House from the archaic era and used down to the Roman times (in the vicinity of Astir’s current parking lot); remains of a 5th-century BC tower (NE of the site, outside of the investment area); and traces of the Early Helladic settlement, an unspecified construction from the same era, and a Hellenistic building (on a hill NW of Lemos Vouliagmenis).
The whole peninsula of Mikro Kavouri has been designated an archaeological site since 2013.