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Hot weather in Greek capital shuts down Acropolis

UPDATED: Thu., July 4, 2019

A tourist walks at  Filopappos hill with the ancient Parthenon temple and Acropolis hill in the background Thursday, July 4, 2019, during a hot day in Athens. (Petros Giannakouris / Associated Press)
A tourist walks at Filopappos hill with the ancient Parthenon temple and Acropolis hill in the background Thursday, July 4, 2019, during a hot day in Athens. (Petros Giannakouris / Associated Press)
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ATHENS, Greece – Greece’s most famous archaeological site, the Acropolis in Athens, has shut down to visitors for four hours because of hot weather in the capital.

The antiquities authority said the Acropolis would remain closed to visitors from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. on Thursday if temperatures in Athens rose above 96.8 F, with a real feel of about 104 degrees. Hot weather was also forecast for Friday, and authorities said the Acropolis would also shut for four hours that day if those temperatures were reached.

The hilltop UNESCO World Heritage site, which includes the 2,500-year-old Parthenon, is Greece’s most popular tourist attraction, with 3.15 million visitors last year.

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