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All hotels in the general Athens area were inspected by state technicians within days after the earthquake that struck the greater Athens<.> area during mid-afternoon of September 7. All were found to be completely safe, says the Hellenic Tourism Organization`s secretary general, Evgenios Yiannakopoulos. He said the inspections were held in close cooperation with the Athens Hoteliers` Association.
At the same time, Culture Minister Elizabeth Papazoi and her ministry`s secretary general, Lina Mendoni, visited museums and archaeological sites in the Athens area immediately after the quake.
All were found sound, but some problems were encountered at the National Archaeological Museum. Ms. Papazoi said she would keep the museum closed for several days so a full report to be drawn up on the situation.
Apparently, some parts of the walls of the building developed cracks. As well, a number of urns of a medium and small size rolled over and broke.
No problems were found at the Acropolis and its museum, although a number of small pieces fell from one of the Parthenon`s pillars, and from the Propylae.
Small-scale problems appeared at the Ancient Market museum, which are being addressed. The museum, however, opened a day after the quake as Archaeological Service employees repaired the damage. The Tzistaraki mosque in Monastiraki Square also was damaged slightly.
No problems were discovered at the Kerameikos, Elefsina and Kanellopoulos museums and at the archaeological sites at the Ancient Market, Kerameikos, Elefsina, Olympeio Adrian`s Arch and Kapnikarea.
Meanwhile, the Olympic Games Athens 2004 Committee`s managing director Costas Bakouris denied reports that there will be changes in the location of the planned Olympic Village site, as a result of Tuesday`s earthquake.
The Olympic Village will be constructed in the Acharnes Basin, said Mr. Bakouris, complete with special features able to withstand earthquakes. No changes in location are planned.
No damages were detected in the existing facilities, he added, which will be used either for the athletic events or training, nevertheless special teams of experts will examine all structures in detail until we have a complete picture of the situation.

All hotels in the general Athens area were inspected by state technicians within days after the earthquake that struck the greater Athens<.> area during mid-afternoon of September 7. All were found to be completely safe, says the Hellenic Tourism Organization`s secretary general, Evgenios Yiannakopoulos. He said the inspections were held in close cooperation with the Athens Hoteliers` Association.

At the same time, Culture Minister Elizabeth Papazoi and her ministry`s secretary general, Lina Mendoni, visited museums and archaeological sites in the Athens area immediately after the quake.

All were found sound, but some problems were encountered at the National Archaeological Museum. Ms. Papazoi said she would keep the museum closed for several days so a full report to be drawn up on the situation.

Apparently, some parts of the walls of the building developed cracks. As well, a number of urns of a medium and small size rolled over and broke.

No problems were found at the Acropolis and its museum, although a number of small pieces fell from one of the Parthenon`s pillars, and from the Propylae.

Small-scale problems appeared at the Ancient Market museum, which are being addressed. The museum, however, opened a day after the quake as Archaeological Service employees repaired the damage. The Tzistaraki mosque in Monastiraki Square also was damaged slightly.

No problems were discovered at the Kerameikos, Elefsina and Kanellopoulos museums and at the archaeological sites at the Ancient Market, Kerameikos, Elefsina, Olympeio Adrian`s Arch and Kapnikarea.

Meanwhile, the Olympic Games Athens 2004 Committee`s managing director Costas Bakouris denied reports that there will be changes in the location of the planned Olympic Village site, as a result of Tuesday`s earthquake.

The Olympic Village will be constructed in the Acharnes Basin, said Mr. Bakouris, complete with special features able to withstand earthquakes. No changes in location are planned.

No damages were detected in the existing facilities, he added, which will be used either for the athletic events or training, nevertheless special teams of experts will examine all structures in detail until we have a complete picture of the situation.

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