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Galatsi Limekiln
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created by SoupMeister on 5/19/2005 8:36 AM
last modified by SoupMeister on 12/6/2006 10:54 PM
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The small complex includes the kiln itself, with a wide brick chimney, firing chamber and a rusted catwalk, the remains of a large pump and crane, a storage silo for quicklime, belts for feeding limestone and fuel, and a set of rails that must have led to the quarry wall once. There was a small office, and storage areas. All have collapsed.

The complex follows the contour of the hill and takes advantage of it very nicely. Limestone was quarried at the top of the hill, then carted to the feeding chute, maybe 10 metres (30 feet) from the rest of the complex. There were two feed mechanisms: mining carts on rails must have been the original one. At some point, the quarry must have become less productive, or quarrying was prohibited on the hills (they're protected now). The company then scrapped the rails system and built a ramp with a belt so that lorries could bring limestone from other quarries.

The remnants of both systems can still be seen. The ramp is clearly blocking the rails, which is why I assume it was later.

Above the pump/engine room, a massive, strangely shaped fuel tank is visible. It's rusted through and full of holes. Next to it, a vehicle inspection ramp that is still used today: bastard lorry drivers use it to dump their engine oil.

Next to that, the remains of a small crane. Rusted through, like everything else, with the engine (and everything salvageable) removed.

A few metres below that is a huge pump that would probably have driven the belts too. The pump room itself has been scavenged. The massive diesel engine that drove everything on site has been removed, the drive axle cut.

In fact, everything is in a very bad state. There's very little graffiti though, and I find that surprising given the proximity to Grava. As I took photos, I was eyed by a few basketball-playing kids below.

By the way, I've never seen more hypodermic needles on a site, especially the top, where the limestone feeding chute is. Be careful walking around there.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: worth the trip
 Physical Information
Passov Street
Athens, Attica
Owner: Attica Lime Company (long defunct, I assume)
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  •  Hazards
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • hypodermic needles, the most feared high-schoolers in Athens, garbage, illegally dumped engine oil
  •  Interesting Features
    The kiln itself with its half-collapsed brick chimney. The remains of two feed belts, the rusted catwalk and maze of pipes around the kiln. The huge iron wheel of the pump in the engine room.
     Security Measures
     Historical Dates
    Built: 1910
    Closed: 1978
     Required Equipment
  • gloves
  • long pants / sleeves
  • towelettes
  •  Recommended Equipment
    Rope if you want to climb to the catwalk (not recommended)
    This part of Athens is known as Galatsi. It's now a hilly residential area famous for 'Grava', a massive (7,000 students in the early Nineties) and infamous school complex, home to the most feared school 'children' in town, and a name whispered at night to frighten children. 'Eat your soup or you get to go to Grava when you're old enough'.

    At one point, though, this was a sparsely built area. The hills, known as Turk Mountains ('Tourkovounia'), are rich in limestone. There were lots of quarries on them. This one was no exception. The hill, overlooking a part of the city that doesn't make it to the postcards and TV shows, is a disused quarry with a decaying limekiln, probably from the 1930s.

    Most of the quarries on these hills either went out of business, or stopped operating when the limestone ran out. The hills themselves are protected these days. Topsoil is being put back on them, and they're planted to provide much-needed parks to the area.
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     Future Plans
    The hill doesn't lend itself to development, although there was talk of building a(nother) school on it. Most likely, and like other similar hill quarries in the area, it'll be converted to a park at some point.

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    May 2005 Visit
    Thu, May 19th, 2005
    posted by SoupMeister
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