Monday, December 14, 2015

Deserted places around crisis-hit Greece

Starting in 2009, the Greek debt crisis and the subsequent policies of austerity, have taken their toll all over Greece. Unemployment and homelessness have soared, while state-provided health, education and welfare services have deteriorated. 

Even though the country's de-industrialization began back in the 1980s, the economic crisis was the last nail in the coffin for Greece's factories. Many of them went bankrupt while other were moved to neighboring countries with growing economies and lower wages. 

The country is now dotted with the hulks of formerly flourishing factories that for decades churned out wealth for their owners and provided a sure if modest livelihood for multitudes of workers. 
Some of the plants are guarded by former staff, others padlocked or open to anyone prepared to dirty a pair of trousers. Inside are the relics of their former activity: Piles of wine bottles, stacks of crockery, idle machinery. Scattered among them are the imprints of the people who worked there — rotting boots and gloves, personnel files, dust-infused jackets left hanging on nails and never reclaimed. 

The crisis, combined with political incompetence, was also the main reason why other infrastructure, such as the former Athens airport or the former Olympic Games sites remained deserted and weren't put to use for years. 

Associated Press photographer Petros Giannakouris travelled around Greece to capture those abandoned places. 




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A meat factory in Corinth, destroyed by fire in August 2014 while it had stopped working months before

An abandoned Hellenic Ceramics (ELKE) factory in Halkida 



An abandoned factory of The Chemical Products and Fertilizers Company in Piraeus, shut down in 1999

Abandoned strawberry hothouses near the village of Manolada

A plane in the former Hellinikon International Airport


Airliner seats on the tarmac of the abandoned former Athens International Airport

T
he tarmac of the abandoned former Athens International Airport

Airline offices at the abandoned former Athens International Airport

Inside an office at the abandoned former Athens International Airport

An abandoned metal pipe-making factory of Hellenic Pipe Works which shut down in 2001.

Inside an abandoned building of a winemaking cooperative in Nemea

Inside an abandoned Hellenic Ceramics (ELKE) factory in Halkida

Inside an abandoned factory of The Chemical Products and Fertilizers Company in Piraeus

Outside an abandoned ceramics factory in Katakolo

Inside the abandoned alcohol factory of Kronos in Elefsina which ceased operations in 1986

Inside an abandoned factory of The Chemical Products and Fertilizers Company in Piraeus

An abandoned 2004 Olympics baseball stadium inside the grounds of  former Athens International Airport

An abandoned 2004 Olympics baseball stadium inside the grounds of  former Athens International Airport


Weeds and plants growing on the tarmac of former Athens International Airport

Inside the international terminal of former Athens International Airport

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