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Temple of Apollo Epicurius left without guards; to close on weekends

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The Temple of Apollo Epicurius in the central Peloponnese, one of the most imposing ancient Greek monuments, will remain closed on weekends after the last remaining guard went into retirement, the union of museum and archaeological site employees (PEYFA) has said.

In a statement on Thursday, the union voiced concerns for the safety of the well-preserved mid- to late 5th century BC site while warning about the economic effects on local businesses.

Meanwhile, the Ephorate of Ilia has entrusted site workers with guarding the monument on weekdays.

Reports said authorities have pledged to hire new staff.

Believed to have been designed by Iktinos, the temple was the first Greek monument to be recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.