Heat wave shuts down Acropolis

The Greek capital’s most famous archaeological monument, the Acropolis, will be closed from 2 p.m. on Monday due to high temperatures, the Culture Ministry confirmed following an appeal by the association of workers at archaeological sites.

Forecasts by the Hellenic National Meteorological Service said that temperatures in Athens are expected to reach 42 Celsius (107.6F) by midday Monday, prompting authorities to close the Acropolis, as well as Ancient Theater of Dionysus at its foot, in order to protect the public and staff from the heat.

The last entrance tickets to both sites will be issued at 1.30 p.m. and the sites will be closed at 2 p.m.

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