New life for 140-year-old former Athens military hospital

Three abandoned military buildings in the heart of Athens that were used as hospital units 140 years ago will be renovated and turned into cultural and exhibition centers, according to regional authorities in Athens.

At cost of 14 milliion euros, the region of Attica, decided last week to transform the stone buildings located in the affluent area of Kolonaki. The buildings were built in 1877 with the help of French scientists and accomodated injured soldiers up until 1949.

The renovation work will include fixing collapsed roofs and floors. The agreement was signed by the region of Attica, Greece's Culture Ministry and the Church of Greece, that owns the land the buildings are loctaed on.