November 1978

Savior of Delphi

Twice – in 1978 and 1986 – as the result of great international actions, Franz Weber was able to save the Greek site of Delphi from enormous industrialization projects.

The world’s first Greek oracle, whose monuments attract millions of tourists, stands close to rich deposits of bauxite. Therefore, the Greek government looked two times for associates to mine Delphi’s bauxite and build an aluminum factory.

Franz Weber’s campaign, supported by several celebrities, such as Melina Mercouri and Marcello Mastroianni, leads to the abandonment of the project by the Greek government. In 1997, Franz Weber receives the prestigious title of “Honorary Citizen of Delphi”.

Photo: Franz Weber saved the city of oracles in Delphi. To rescue the greatest sacred vestiges of antiquity, he was also supported by actress and Greek Minister of Culture Melina Mercouri and the actor Marcello Mastroianni.