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Museums and Archeological Sights See Increased Traffic

Temple of Apollo at the Acropolis of Lindos, Rodos, by night.

Temple of Apollo at the Acropolis of Lindos, Rodos, by night.

According to statistics gathered by the National Statistics Service of Greece there has been an increase in visitors to museums and archeological sites throughout Greece in 2007 compared with figures for 2006.

During the period January to March 2007 there was a 15.3 percent increase in visitors to museums and a 26.2 percent increase in visitors to archeological sites. In March specifically there was a 24 percent increase in visitors to museums and a 22 percent increase in archeological sites.

There has been a large increase in the number of visitors to museums in particular for the months of January to March 2007. The National Archeological Museum of Athens received 50,082 visitors during this period. The archeological museum of Delphi received 44,750 visitors and the archeological museum at ancient Olympia 24,583. On Rodos Island the Palace of the Grand Masters and the archeological museum received 8,745 and 2,780 visitors respectively. On Crete, the archeological museum of Heraklion also received 2,780 visitors.

In total, visitors to Greek museums increased in number from 313,411 in the January to March period of 2006 to 381,251 for the same period this year.

Statistics gathered from archeological sites show a significant increase at the Acropolis with 104,138 visitors during the same period, the archeological site of Delphi with 46,150, and the archeological site of Olympia at 41,288. The sanctuary of Poseidon and Athena at Sounion and Epidauros ancient theater received 39,682 and 37,050 visitors respectively.

On Rodos, the Acropolis of Lindos had 9,425 visitors and the archeological site of Kameiros received 1,987. On Crete the archeological site of Phaistos received 2,204 visitors. In total, the number of visitors to archeological sites rose from 439,859 in 2006 to 555,259 in 2007.

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