Tem­ple to close on week­ends

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The Tem­ple of Apollo Epicurius in the cen­tral Pelo­pon­nese, one of the most im­pos­ing an­cient Greek mon­u­ments, will re­main closed on week­ends af­ter the last re­main­ing guard went into re­tire­ment, the union of mu­seum and ar­chae­o­log­i­cal site em­ploy­ees (PEYFA) has said. In a state­ment yesterday, the union voiced con­cerns for the safety of the well­p­re­served mid- to late 5th cen­tury BC site while warn­ing about the eco­nomic ef­fects on lo­cal busi­nesses. Mean­while, the Ephor­ate of Ilia has en­trusted site work­ers with guard­ing the mon­u­ment on week­days. Re­ports said author­i­ties have pledged to hire new staff. Be­lieved to have been de­signed by Ik­ti­nos, the tem­ple was the first Greek mon­u­ment to be rec­og­nized by UNESCO as a World Her­itage site.

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