From Monday, September 4, 2023, a new system will come into force that limits the number of visitors to the archaeological site of the Acropolis. The system, introduced with a delay of several months, is designed to protect the monument, avoid crowds and make it easier for visitors to enjoy their visit.
The daily limit of visitors cannot exceed 20,000 people. In an interview with Alpha TV, Minister of Culture Lina Mendoni said the restriction was based on a report from the Organization for the Management and Development of Cultural Resources, which proposed a limit to prevent congestion and protect the ancient site of worship.
According to the minister, the report took into account the time that visitors spend at the facility and set the task of ensuring a constant flow of visitors, preventing the formation of “bottlenecks” at the entrance, especially in the morning, when there is the largest attendance of the Parthenon.
“The goal is to avoid the traffic jams that were occurring until yesterday, as 50% of visitors want to climb the Acropolis between 08:00 and 11:00,” the culture minister said. The new online system keeps track of the number of visitors and allows you to stop accepting them if one or another area is already full.
“The current opening hours from 08:00 to 20:00 have been divided into 12 visiting zones”Mendoni said, referring to the extended summer schedule.
“Each zone has a certain number of permitted visitors. For example, the 08:00-09:00 zone allows 3000 people, not 3000 + 1. This means that visitors will have more opportunities to properly view and enjoy this most important monument”she added.
The new system will ensure a constant flow of visitors and will avoid congestion both at the facility itself and at the entrance, where “bottlenecks” often occurred.