North slopes of Acropolis open

For the first time in years, the entire Acropolis hill has become accessible to visitors after the Culture Ministry opened the north slopes of the ancient citadel to the general public. A ministry announcement said yesterday that the area - which was closed off during the 1990s but had not been officially accessible before that - will acquire its own entrance before the end of October from Theorias Street, on the upper reaches of the Plaka district. Until then, visitors can reach the north slopes from the entry to the Theater of Dionysus and the ruins on the south slope, on the corner of Dionysiou Areopagitou and Thrassylou streets. The newly opened area, which is dominated by the Erechtheion Temple at the top of the craggy Acropolis rock, includes a series of caves which served as shrines in ancient times, including a cave of Pan which figures prominently in «Ion,» a tragedy by the playwright Euripides.