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In the most difficult year for Greek tourism, the wardens decided one-sidedly to close the Acropolis because of the heat

16 July 2012 / 19:07:55  GRReporter
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Meanwhile tourists were taking pictures an the foot of the Acropolis and even with together the note, written by the staff's trade-union. A lot of them were in Athens just for a few hours. An elderly couple from the USA shared, that according to the plan, they had only had 20 minutes to see the main monuments, before going back to the cruise ship they are travelling on.

22-year-old Marion from Australia had also decided to devote her day to the Acropolis. "I am of Greek origin and this is my first time in Greece. My mother has told me stories, that when she was a child, no fencing had surrounded the site and they had played freely around the monuments", she said, although still with relief that she will be able to visit the archeological site in the following days.

Shortly after 2 pm, when the last visitors, who had managed to enter on time came out, the wardens closed the exit door as well. Vsitors continued crowding around the entrance, looking for an explanation for the paradoxical decision of the staff. Minutes later, disappointed, they were going down the stairs and were setting off  to the Acropolis museum.

As was expected, the topic became the subject of wild debates, but a lot of humour as well in the social networks. GRReporter selected some of the funniest comments.

"The next thing we are expecting, is Santa Claus's village to be closed due to a lot of snow".

"We are losing tourists, because when Ictinus built the Parthenon, he had taken the money without leaving any for air-conditioners".

"You close the Acropolis and say that Athens is Sahara and still want tourists to come? By this logic, do the pyramids in Egypt ever open?"

Tags: Society Acropolis wardens high temperatures tourists Ministry of Culture
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