During the first week of October 2008, the Culture Minister Michalis Liapis quoted,
Everything is ready for this historic removal. God willing and weather permitting the removal will start on Sunday, Oct. 14. A trial run will be held next week.
The start was with a 2 1/2-ton marble block from the Parthenon frieze which is a 2,500-year-old sculpted strip depicting a religious procession that ran around the ancient temple just below roof level.
This was the first to make the 400 meter journey to the new
To this the senior conservator Dimitris Maraziotis told The Associated Press,
This is one of the biggest and the least fragmented of all the blocks in the frieze
Supervising engineer Costas Zambas said,
The transfer will take at least a month and a half, although bad weather could prolong the operation. It will cost $3.55 million.
There was a team of 35 workers and it was done using three cranes each upto 17 feet high.
The shift was done from the Acropolis hill into the intentionally built new museum that have the glory of having such ancient works of art.
Zambas, a veteran of the long-running Acropolis restoration project who was involved in removing the remaining sculptures from the Erechtheion and Parthenon temples for display in the old museum said,
Every single part of the operation will be difficult and requires great care
The sculptures was hoisted into styrofoam-filled boxes made of plywood and metal by wearing padded harnesses. According to Zambas upto four crates madethe trip each day.
For the massive structures, their weight and their priceless nature the total operation for each was around 2 hours each.
Around 4500 such works have been shifted in the whole process.
The uniquely designed building by the U.S.based architect Bernard Tschumi in collaboration withGreece’s Michalis Photiadis was capped by a glass hall that will allow visitors a direct view of the ancient temple.
Although the new museum was opened in 2010, the complete artifacts took in 2009 to get completely settled in.