“Asclepieion” Archaeological Site, Trikala, Greece
Ephorate of Antiquities of Trikala - Ministry of Culture (Study Assignment for the project “Protection - promotion and management of antiquities from various eras at the archaeological site of the city of Trikala”)
General plan of the Archaeological Site and the surrounding area (Proposal)
Section of the Archaeological Site (Proposal)
Source of aerial photographs: National Land Registry
Archaeological Site Landscaping Study / Unification of The City’s Historical Sites
Ifigenia Dimitriou (Architect Engineer), Emilio Bendermacher - Geroussis (Architect Engineer), Giorgos Kourmadas (Architect Engineer), Marina Sifneou (Building Renovation and Rehabilitation Engineer), Alexandros Karagiorgos (Civil Engineer), Krystallia Mantzana (Archaeologist), Evangelia Ntafi (Archeologist), Liana Lafazani (Architect Engineer), Maria Papastergiou (Civil Engineer)
Trikala is the most important city in the north-western part of the Thessaly plain. It controls the land passage from Thessaly to Epirus; the river Lithaios flows through the city. The wider area has been inhabited since prehistoric times; the city lies where ancient Trikke used to be. Its foundation dates back to the 3rd millennium BC. According to legend Asclepius lived and worked there. Ancient Trikke hosted one of the most important and ancient Asclepieia of antiquity. The archaeological site, also known as “Asclepieio”, preserves architectural remains from the late Hellenistic to Mid-Byzantine periods bearing witness to the centuries-long history of the city.
The Study’s aim was to make this archaeological site organised and visitor-friendly (visitor entrance, new fencing, viewing platforms, information signs, etc.) and to conceptually and functionally integrate the historical sites of the Castle, the centre of Varousi and the “Asclepieion”. This modest but complex intervention in the urban centre aimed to integrate the monument areas in the daily life of the city and highlight the centuries-long history of Trikala.