Greek Acropolis up for rent
Archimedes: January 2012
Greek Acropolis up for rent.
A holiday visit to the Acropolis in Athens is on the must-see list of many tourist visitors to Greece.
Greek holiday islands close to the mainland make perfect spots for a day trip visit to one of Greece's most famous sights.
Now visitors may have to check ahead to make sure the Acropolis is open to the public as cash-strapped officials plan to put the monument up for rent.
Renting out the famous Acropolis has been taboo up to now, but Greece's economic plight is forcing the issue.
Film crews, advertising agents and photographers are likely to be in line to take up the offer.
Hollywood and other movie studios have long wished to get access to the Acropolis, especially for movies, but it has been virtually off-limits until now.
Movie makers have long complained at the many restrictions in trying to get permission to film on the Acropolis.
The Greek government has approved a cheap pricing plan in a bid to lure film crews and photographers to several historic attractions that include Delphi, home of the oracle, and the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion.
The ministry plans to use any extra cash towards upkeep of the sites following budget cuts of 20% as part of the rescue deal for international loans.
The sites could also be opened for demonstrators to rent, as well as other commercial ventures.
Despite frequent strikes income from visits to museums and archaeological sites in Greece rose 5.3% to €52.4 million in the first nine months of 2011.
The ministry also pans to speed up the granting of permits Greece is notorious for bureaucratic red tape and this has hindered film production companies from using Greek locations in the past. More info at Cyprus Beach Guides