The archaeological site of the Acropolis in Athens will remain closed for second consecutive day during the hot hours of the day, also on Friday, July 5, 2019, due to the heat wave striking Greece.
The Acropolis will be closed to visitors from 1 o’ clock noon time until 5 o’ clock in the afternoon.
Regular operation hours of the Acropolis are between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
The measure to close the site during the hot hours of the day aims to protect visitors as there are not shades on the Holy Rock of Athens.
According to a report by state broadcaster ERT TV, air temperature stood at 36 degrees Celsius at 11:00 a.m. Friday morning. It is expected to reach 39°-40° C at the peak of the hot hours of the day.
Yesterday, Thursday, July 4th, the Acropolis was closed to visitors also during the same hours and for the same reasons.
Visitors who have purchased electronic entrance tickets for these two days and for the hours the site is closed, are asked to contact the Operational Department of TAPA via e-mail at: eticketsATtap.gr.
Below the press release by the Ephorate of Antiquities of Athens:
“The Ephorate of Antiquities of the City of Athens informs that due to the expected – according to the forecast of the National Meteorological Service – heat wave Thursday 4 July and Friday 5 July 2019, the archaeological site of Acropolis and Cliffs will be closed for the public from 13:00 to 17 : 00 if the perceived temperature exceeds 40 degrees Celsius (city temperature above 36 degrees Celsius), ” the ministry of culture said.
It added that “those who have purchased electronic tickets for the Acropolis, for these days and hours, are invited to contact the Operational Department of the TAPA via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org”