Flag raising to be delayed on Friday due to restoration work


Work to restore damage caused during a recent thunderstorm to a lightning rod located on Acropolis Hill in Athens will delay the raising of the flag this morning, the office of the Presidency announced.

The Presidency, which is responsible for the daily raising and lowering ceremonies, said the flag will be raised at 9.30 a.m. instead of the usual 8 a.m.

Four people sustained minor injuries on April 17 when a bolt hit the citadel’s lightning rod – which also serves as a flagpole – during a storm.

Its impact smashed the windows of the ticket booths at the entrance to the ancient site, injuring two Culture Ministry employees and two tourists.