- Title: Fragile Kos monuments collected for safekeeping after quake
- Date: 22nd July 2017
- Summary: KOS, GREECE (JULY 22, 2017) (REUTERS) TEAM SUPERVISING CLEAN UP OF 18TH CENTURY DEFTERDAR MOSQUE DAMAGED BY EARTHQUAKE BULLDOZER COLLECTING DEBRIS TEAM AND BULLDOZER AT WORK MAN TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS WITH MOBILE PHONE KOS DEPUTY MAYOR, THEOFILOS MOUZOURAKIS (MIDDLE) OBSERVING WOMAN TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS WITH MOBILE PHONE MOUZOURAKIS OBSERVING BULLDOZER REMOVING PIECES OF RUBBLE FROM AWNING (SOUNDBITE) (Greek) KOS DEPUTY MAYOR, THEOFILOS MOUZOURAKIS, SAYING: "The situation on the island is very good, with two, three, four exceptions - some very old parts (of town) that have been damaged." BULLDOZER LOADING DAMAGED PART OF 18TH CENTURY DEFTERDAR MOSQUE ONTO TRUCK / LARGE DAMAGED PART IN FOREGROUND VARIOUS OF DAMAGED PART OF MOSQUE CROOKED CRESCENT MOON (SOUNDBITE) (Greek) KOS DEPUTY MAYOR, THEOFILOS MOUZOURAKIS, SAYING: "The archaeological service will see about that (the monuments reconstruction) at a later date. The first step is to remove the pieces for safekeeping, and then the proper institutions will look at the best possible solution." DAMAGED 18TH CENTURY GAZI HASSAN PASHA MOSQUE MINARET AND COLLAPSED MOSQUE FOUNTAIN VARIOUS OF RUBBLE AND DESTROYED MOSQUE FOUNTAIN VARIOUS OF COLLAPSED FOUNTAIN DOME / RUBBLE DAMAGED MOSQUE / RUBBLE IN FRONT VARIOUS OF DAMAGED MINARET
- Embargoed: 5th August 2017 15:43
- Keywords: Kos earthquake monument collapse archaeological sites mosque clean up operation
- Location: KOS, GREECE
- City: KOS, GREECE
- Country: Greece
- Reuters ID: LVA0016QSTGEF
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- Story Text: Greek authorities began on Saturday (July 22) to carefully collect shattered pieces of historical monuments damaged by an earthquake that killed two people on the island of Kos the day before.
A team of workmen, supervised by archaeologists, began sifting through the rubble of the Ottoman era Defterdar mosque which suffered almost permanent ruin to its walls and minaret.
The 18th century Ottoman Gazi Hassan Pasha mosque, Byzantine fortress walls, ancient antiquities and museum exhibits in the vicinity also suffered damage during the earthquake. The ministry of culture said the archaeological museum and the Casa Romana monument would remain temporarily closed due to damage.
Kos Deputy Mayor Theofilos Mouzourakis said valuable fragments needed to be collected and stored until archaeologists could begin reconstruction.
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