Gregorio Pecorelli

The Acropolis Memorial

The project proposed the exhibition of the Acropolis’ underground hidden spaces, in order to communicate the heroic values of its construction process. The project is developed as a gradual and ritual promenade to the hearth of the rock displaying the archeological layer of the so called “Perserschutt”. In 1888, a legendary excavation campaign held by German archeologists brought to light an outstanding number of archeological finds constituting the archaic Acropolis before the Persian Wars and the Periclean age.

Under the ground level, the massive Partenon’s foundation, the defensive wall of the Acropolis and several arcaic remains reach the bedrock level. The creation of an impressive underground space makes visible one of the most important archeological discoveries ever made, in an evoking athmosphere displaying the tension between the natural orography and the man made remains.


Competition organized by Accademia Adrianea Architettura Archeologia.
First prize.

the Memorial entrance from the Tyrannenschutt area

bringing the archaic Acropolis back to light

general plan of the Acropolis

archeological underground level plan

the Bronze gallery in the Persershutt area, between the Parthenon foundations and the Themistoclis walls

longitudinal section

the gipsothèque

cross section

the exhibition wing