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Full moon late night opening at the Acropolis in Athens this evening

Despite some earlier worries that it would be called off due to strikes, the planned August full moon late night opening of Archaeological sites in Greece is going ahead this evening (Tuesday 24th August).

This event has happened for a number of years now [1], with great success.

Athens News Agency [2]

Archaeological sites open for August full moon

(ANA-MPA) — More than 90 archaeological sites around the country will remain open on Tuesday during the evening hours on the occasion of August’s full moon, the last of the summer.

The New Acropolis Museum, the Acropolis itself, the Cape Sounion site and the National Archaeological Museum in downtown Athens will remain open to the public, a more-or-less summer tradition over the past few years that was, nevertheless, threatened with cancellation this year to a disagreement between the relevant culture ministry and staff at the archaeological sites over extra pay.

The difference was finally settled with a compromise, allowing for the sites to remain open on Tuesday night.

According to the union representing archaeological sites’ guards, extra overtime pay will be donated to the children’s advocacy NGO “Hamogelo tou Pediou” (A Child’s Smile).