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Athens traffic restrictions for ex king’s funeral

Traffic restrictions are in place between 06:00 and 14:00 on Monday around the Athens Metropolitan Cathedral (‘Mitropoli’) near Syntagma Square because of the funeral of the former king of Greece Constantine, Hellenic Police headquarters said on Sunday.

No cars will be allowed on Mitropoleos street, on Eolou str between Adrianou and Ermou, on Ermou between Eolou and Athinas, the police said.

No cars will be allowed to stop or park on the above streets as of 22:00 on Sunday to 14:00 on Monday.

The restrictions to cars may be adapted or extended, depending on current conditions.

Members of the public who want to pay their respects may do so at the Agios Eleftherios Chapel, next to the Cathedral, from 06:00 to 11:00 on Monday.

After 11:00, only those invited by the family will be allowed to enter the Metropolitan Cathedral, by request of the ex-king’s family.

As estimated by police 3,000 people still queue outside the Chapel, the schedule may be modified, nevertheless the traffic jams in the streets of central Athens.

Some 200 guests are invited to the funeral service at Metropolis, among them members of royal families from eleven countries.

Over 1,000 policemen are been deployed in downtown Athens and Tatoi for the security of the high-level guests.

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