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Greece: Heatwave closes Acropolis، ancient sites

Thursday 13/July/2017 - 11:05 AM
Sada El Balad

Greek authorities closed the ancient Acropolis in Athens to visitors for several hours Wednesday along with other popular archaeological sites around the country due to a heatwave، according to AP.

The Culture Ministry said all archaeological sites closed between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. (1100-1500GMT)، and repeated on days when temperatures reach 39 degrees Celsius (102 Fahrenheit).

Tourists outside the closed gates of the Acropolis Wednesday who were unaware of the closing were disappointed.

"I was really sad because I've always wanted to come to Greece and I always wanted to see Acropolis،" said Elisabeth Dickens، 20، from Texas.

"I think it's good. I wished before we had come up we had checked، but it's for (people's) safety،" said Kenneth Van Huss، another Texan.

During the heatwave، the Culture Ministry said main archaeological sites will open between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. (0600-1100GMT) and again from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (1500-1800GMT).

The Acropolis and other ancient sites are major attractions for the country's vital tourism industry.

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