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Piraeus Port Seeks Designs for Greek Maritime Antiquities Museum

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Feb. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Piraeus Port Authority SA called on architects to submit designs for a 118 million-euro ($158.7 million) Maritime Antiquities Museum, the biggest such tender in Greece since the new Acropolis Museum.

“It will be a unique museum by both Greek and international standards,” Piraeus Port said in an e-mailed statement today. “Its focus will be on archeology but special attention will be given to balancing between antiquity findings and new technology, as well as its role as an educational center.”

The museum will be situated on the Piraeus Cultural Waterfront, which will span 180 stremmata (44.5 acres), and show antiquities that are currently spread across Greece in various museums or are in storage, according to the statement.

Greece’s biggest port operator plans to announce the winner on Sept. 20 with the official tender process set to start on March 20, the statement showed.

Greece opened the $181 million New Acropolis Museum in June 2009.

To contact the reporter on this story: Natalie Weeks in Athens at nweeks2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Colin Keatinge at ckeatinge@bloomberg.net

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