Save the Acropolis


United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization - stamp World Heritage Greece 1987UNESCO has implemented international campaigns to collect funds for important monuments. In 1976 the General Conference of UNESCO, held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 26 October to 30 November 1976 passed resolution 4.125.


The General Conference,

Considering the importance of the monuments of the Acropolis in Athens for the history and civilization of all mankind,

Considering the present dilapidated state of these monuments, due principally to atmospheric pollution and to earlier ineffective restoration work,

Aware of the need to embark upon a programme of conservation which will guarantee their preservation,

Authorizes the Director-General to undertake a world campaign for public and private aid for the safeguarding of the Acropolis and its monuments, under the auspices of Unesco and in collaboration with the Government of Greece.


UNESCO Acropolis medalThus the International Safeguarding Campaign of the Acropolis of Athens was born. In 1987 the Acropolis was inscribed on the World Heritage List.

UNESCO struck a special commemorative medal to raise funds for the campaign. Designer Serge Santucci depicted one of the six Caryatids, female figures supporting the ceiling of the southern loggia of the Temple of Erechtheum. The reverse has a general view of the Acropolis showing, from left to right, the complex of the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike and the Parthenon.





The commemorative medal struck by UNESCO in 1977.



Stamp catalogue


Benin              22 September 1978









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