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Heatwave closes Acropolis, ancient sites

Published:Thursday | July 13, 2017 | 7:03 AM

GREECE, ATHENS, (AP) Greek authorities closed the ancient Acropolis in Athens to visitors for several hours yesterday along with other popular archaeological sites around the country due to a heatwave.

The Culture Ministry said all archaeological sites closed between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. and repeated on days when temperatures reach 39 degrees Celsius (102 Fahrenheit).

Tourists outside the closed gates of the Acropolis yesterday who were unaware of the closing were disappointed.

"I think it's good. I wished before we had come up we had checked, but it's for (people's) safety.

"If they had opened it, it wouldn't be enjoyable because it would be too hot," said Kenneth Van Huss, from Texas.