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Greece to celebrate full moon on August 10

Photo by Petros Giannakouris/AP

The full moon celebration in Greece for 2014 was Sunday, August 10. Due to other obligations, I could not find time to update this article or promote the event. — Kat

At least 106 archaeological sites and museums will be open Wednesday, August 21* with free entrance for the 2013 full moon celebration in Greece, but the Acropolis and Sounion’s Temple of Poseidon will not be among them.

More than 15,000 visitors descended on Athens’ iconic rock in 2010, causing both damage to the site and frustration for visitors due to long waits and injuries from slipping in the darkness and overcrowding. It has since been excluded, though the Acropolis is open ’til 20:00 daily in summer except on national holidays.

The full moon festival in August is the only night of the year when everyone can enjoy monuments and free events after sunset, a tradition since 1996.**

*The date changes each year according to the lunar calendar and is announced by the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, Culture and Sports
**Kathimerini says 1999; Eleftherotypia says 1996.

Article last updated August 11, 2014.

100+ locations

Sites and museums operate normal hours, then reopen at 20:00 or 21:00 and welcome visitors until midnight or 1:00 with free admission, unless otherwise noted. Locations already open extended hours, explained in “Summer hours and free admission days for sites and museums in Greece,” may open continuously without a break.

The ministry said on August 3 that 71 state-run tourist sites* will participate, then announced more than 100 on August 14 with many featuring music or artistic performances in cooperation with local municipalities. Several privately run locations will also open this evening, including the Acropolis Museum.

Moon rise begins at 20:10 local time.

Pick your favorite, and have a nice evening! :)

*Austerity has scaled back the number sites from 180-200 in past years.

Mainland

The Greek government organizes lists by region, which is unhelpful to tourists and residents unfamiliar with what they are. My 2013 list is translated to English from the official list and divided into Mainland and Greek Islands, giving top billing to Athens and Thessaloniki, then alphabetized.

Athens
Acropolis Museum: Open 8:00 to midnight, with music performances by the Army Band of Athens at 21:30. Admission is free from 21:00-midnight. — Naftemporiki (in Greek), Acropolis Museum Press Release (in English)
Amphiaraeion archaeological site of Oropos: Recorded orchestra music.
Archaeological site in Elefsina: Musical performance by Vasilis Lekkas and Melina Kana.
Filopappou Hill: Performance at 21:30 by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Athens, entitled “In Filopappou, my love is hidden.”
Iliou Melathron
/Numismatic Museum/Heinrich Schliemann: Museum will be open to the public at 21:00, with live performance by Lina Nikolakopoulou and Argyros Kaparos.
National Archaeological Museum: Free entrance to the Antikythera exhibit, featuring “The Ship, the treasures and the instrument” from 20:00-23:00.

*Hill with view of Temple of Poseidon in Sounion can be accessed by the public, but the site itself is closed.

Thessaloniki
Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki: Live performance by Notis Mavroudis, Giorgos Tosikian, Morfon Tsairelis.
Fortress Eptapyrgiou: Open 20:00-midnight. Friends of Astronomy to guide visitors in viewing stars and full moon.
Museum of Byzantine Culture: Admission is free from 18:30 to 21:30. Museum will open for full moon at 21:30, with live music at 21:00 in the atrium.

Aiani
Archaeological site of Aiani: Music performance called, “Open window, with a view of the moon” at 21:00 in the courtyard.

Aigio
Archaeological museum of Aigio: Open from 20:00 to 00:30.

Almyros
Archaeological museum of Almyros: Laiko music concert on August 19. No events or special opening on night of full moon.

Arta
Archaeological museum of Arta: Guitar recital.

Charoneia
Archaeological museum of Charoneias: Music performance entitled, “The color of the moon” at 21:00 in the plateia.

Delphi
Archaeological site of Delphi: Open from 21:00 to 23:30.

Didymoteicho
Byzantine museum of Didymoteicho: Night observation of full moon, constellations and celestial bodies from 20:00 to 22:00.

Dion
Archaeological site of Dion: Euripides’ Cyclops, performance by the National Theater.

Edessa
Archaeological site of Edessa: “What a moon tonight,” accompanied by music from Yannis Ritsos at 21:00.
Old Cathedral of Edessa

Evros
Archaeological site of Zoni: Performance of “Full moon: Flowers on fire” by Fotini Darra and Dimitris Papadimitrou.

Florina
Hellenistic City of Florina: Music performance at 22:00.
Hellenistic City of Petron Amyntaio: Music performance (no details).

Fthiotida
Acropolis of Proerna
Byzantine Museum of Fthiotida in Ipati

Halkidiki
Archaeological site of Akanthos: Open from sundown to midnight.
Archaeological site of Olynthos: Open from sundown to midnight.
Archaeological site of Stageira: Cultural events and collaboration of Greek and world composers for “Aristotelian 2013.” Starts at 21:15.
Center of Byzantine Culture in N. Flogita: Jazz and Blues concert.

Ioaninna
Acropolis Megalo Gardiki archaeological site: Music performance by Nikos Ziogalas.
Archaeological site of Dodoni: Open from 18:00-23:00.
Its Kale of Castle Ioannina: Concert by Dimitris Basis (woo hoo!) entitled, “From Byzantium to present — In the light of the moon.”

Karditsa
Ancient Temple of Apollo
Byzantine Castle of Fanari: Open ’til 22:00.

Karystos
Castello Rosso: Open at 21:00. Music performance telling the story, mythology, history and heros of Karystos by moonlight.

Kastoria
Archaeological site of Argo Orestiko: “Faces of Orestis, yesterday and today, in the light of the full moon” with music performed by “The Presidents” at 21:30.
Church of the Panagia Koumbelidiki

Kilkis
Archaeological museum of Kilkis: Concert in the courtyard at 21:00.

Kozani
Vourkas Mansion: Open to the public, with tours provided.

Kyllini
Chlemoutsi Castle: Open.

Lamia
Archaeological museum of Lamia: Open from 20:00-midnight. Music performance in the Atlantis building.

Larissa
Ancient Theater B: Open from 18:00-midnight.
Castle Velika: Poetry and music under the theme, “Ode to the moon.”

Magnesia
Archaeological site of Nea Agchialos: No special opening hours or event on night of full moon. On August 23, performance of “Full moon in concert” by local choir.

Messinia
Archaeological museum of Messinia: Open with free admission from 20:00 to 1:00.

Ancient Mieza
Aristotle School: Music at 21:00 with N. Ziambaka and N. Papadopoulou.

Nafpaktos
Castle Nafpaktos: Open ’til midnight. Performance at 21:00 featuring Greek and world music.
Fortress Antirrion: Open ’til midnight.

Nafplio
Palamidi Fortress: Open to the public.

Nea Plevrona
Archaeological site Plevrona: Music performance dedicated to the moon.

Olympia
Archaeological site of Olympia: Open from 21:00 to 1:00.
Museum of Ancient Olympia: Music by Patras string quartet.

Patra
Archaeological museum of Patra: Open from 20:00 to 00:30. Music performance entitled, “Full moon, a night rhythm and swing jazz.”
Patra Castle: Open to the public.

Pella
Archaeological site of Pella: Concert featuring traditional Cretan music at 21:00.

Pigadi
Castle Pteleos: Serenade to the moon by mandolin.

Preveza
Archaeological site of Kassopi: Screening of “I heard God crying” and music, starting at 21:10 (not a typo).

Pydna
Byzantine diocese of Pydna: Open from 20:00 to midnight.

Pylos
Acropoli of Fortress Pylos: Open to the public from 22:00.
Archaeological site of Niokastros: Open with free admission from 20:00 to 1:00.

Schimatari
Archaeological museum of Schimatari: “Poetry in the light of the moon” at 21:00 in the courtyard.

Sparta
Archaeological museum of Sparti and Museum of Greek olive oil: Music and reading dedicated to the moon.

Stratos
Archaeological site of Stratos: Orchestra music.

Thermos
Archaeological site of Thermos: Opens at 21:00. Music performance by Mairi Kosma.

Trikala
Byzantine Castle: Concert by “Vasilis Tsitsanis” orchestra, performing program, “There’s a full moon tonight at the castle” at 21:30.
Cave Theopetra: Open from 21:00 to midnight, with music at 21:00.

Vergina
Royal Tombs of Aigai/Vergina: Performance of masks and music with traditional instruments at 21:00.

Veria
Archaeological museum of Veria: Solo saxophone performance by Anna Papanidou.
Byzantine Museum: Music and art by Dimitris Erateinos in the courtyard at 22:00.

Volos
Archaeological site of Ano Volos: No events or special opening on night of full moon. On August 23, a night of jazz by the Volos Jazz Orchestra. On August 24, music set to work of Greek poets.
xAthanasakeio Archaeological Museum of Volos: Greek and world music with the theme, “The full moon of August.”

Vonitsa
Castle Vonitsa: Open from 20:00-midnight.

Xanthi
Archaeological site of Abdira: Open from 20:00-midnight.

Greek Islands

Amorgos
Archaeological Collection of Amorgos: On August 20, 2013, a performance by the high school choir of Amorgos called “August-Love-F. G. Lorca.” On the night of the full moon at 23:00 (in sync with other islands), music and poetry celebrating F.C. Lorca with Ignacio Sanchez Mejia, Manos Katrakis and Notis Pergialis.

Andros
Archaeological museum of Andros: At 22:00 and 23:00 (in sync with other islands), music and poetry celebrating F.C. Lorca with Ignacio Sanchez Mejia, Manos Katrakis and Notis Pergialis.

Antiparos
Kastro: Photo exhibition tracing roots of the island, plus performances dedicated to Lorca, Tennessee Williams and Jean Cocteau. At 23:00 (in sync with other islands), music and poetry celebrating F.C. Lorca with Ignacio Sanchez Mejia, Manos Katrakis and Notis Pergialis.

Chios
Archaeological site of Eboria: Performance by Trifono at 21:30.
Archaeological site of Archontiki, Psara Island: From 19:00 to 19:45, a tour of the Mycenaean settlement and cemetery. From 20:00 to 20:30, a lecture by archaeologist Mrs Despina Tsardaka about mythology surrounding the moon and history of astronomy in antiquity. From 20:30 to 21:00, the Association of Astronomy gives a presentation of the moon by satellite. From 21:30 to 23:30, a concert dedicated to Lefteris Veniadis by Kostas Karyotakis and Foti Angoules.
Byzantine Museum/Metzitie Mosque: Open to the public

Corfu/Kerkyra
Ancient Fortress: Music performance entitled, “In the light of the moon, from Hatzidakis to Piazzola” with Aliki Kagialogou.

Crete
Archaeological site of Apodoulos in Rethymno: Night of music.
Archaeological site of Aptera: Music performance by Maria Louka, entitled “Notes of Muses and Sirens.”
Archaeological site of Gortyna: Open ’til 1:00 in the morning.
Archaeological site of Malia: Music performance.
Archaeological site of Rokka: Music from Evanthia Remboutsika
Archaeological site of Tylisos: Night of jazz dedicated to Konstantinos Kouvidis.
Knossos archaeological site: Open to the public ’til 1:00.
Phaistos Palace

Evia
Archaeological museum of Eretria
Fort Karababa

Ikaria
Archaeological Collection of Kambo: At 22:00 and 23:00 (in sync with other islands), music and poetry celebrating F.C. Lorca with Ignacio Sanchez Mejia, Manos Katrakis and Notis Pergialis.
Archaeological museum of Ag. Kirikos: At 22:00 and 23:00 (in sync with other islands), music and poetry celebrating F.C. Lorca with Ignacio Sanchez Mejia, Manos Katrakis and Notis Pergialis.

Ios
Archaeological museum of Ios: At 22:00 and 23:00 (in sync with other islands), music and poetry celebrating F.C. Lorca with Ignacio Sanchez Mejia, Manos Katrakis and Notis Pergialis.

Kalymnos
Archaeological site of Early Christian Basilica ‘Christ of Jerusalem’: Video tour accompanied by a music event.

Kea (Tzia)
Archaeological museum of Kea: At 23:00 (in sync with other islands), music and poetry celebrating F.C. Lorca with Ignacio Sanchez Mejia, Manos Katrakis and Notis Pergialis.

Kimolos
Archaeological museum of Kimolos: At 22:00 and 23:00 (in sync with other islands), music and poetry celebrating F.C. Lorca with Ignacio Sanchez Mejia, Manos Katrakis and Notis Pergialis. 

Kos
Hamman Baths
Roman Odeon of Kos

Kythera
Castle/Fortress: Open to the public ’til midnight.

Lefkada
Castle Ag. Mavras: Open ’til midnight.

Lesvos
Archaeological site of Messa
Mithymna Castle
Prehistoric settlement of Thermi: Open until midnight.

Limnos
Archaeological site of Poliochni: At 21:00, music event entitled “The full moon of Poliochni.”
Temple of Kaveirio archaeological site: Open until midnight.

Milos
Archaeological museum of Milos: At 23:00 (in sync with other islands), music and poetry celebrating F.C. Lorca with Ignacio Sanchez Mejia, Manos Katrakis and Notis Pergialis.

Mykonos
Archaeological museum of Mykonos: Musical tribute to Lorca, Hatzidakis and Leontis. At 23:00 (in sync with other Cycladic islands), music and poetry celebrating F.C. Lorca with Ignacio Sanchez Mejia, Manos Katrakis and Notis Pergialis.

Naxos
Archaeological site of Yria: At 23:00 (in sync with other islands), music and poetry celebrating F.C. Lorca with Ignacio Sanchez Mejia, Manos Katrakis and Notis Pergialis.

Paros
Archaeological museum of Paros: Student performance dedicated to Lorca. At 23:00 (in sync with other  islands), music and poetry celebrating F.C. Lorca with Ignacio Sanchez Mejia, Manos Katrakis and Notis Pergialis.

Patmos
Nicolaides Mansion: Music performance.

Poros
Sanctuary of Poseidon archaeological site: Classical music performance.

Rhodes
Archaeological museum of Rodos
Palace of the Grand Masters of Knights

Samos
Archaeological site of Heraion: At 23:00 (in sync with other islands), music and poetry celebrating F.C. Lorca with Ignacio Sanchez Mejia, Manos Katrakis and Notis Pergialis.
Archaeological museum of Pythagora: At 22:00 and 23:00 (in sync with other islands), music and poetry celebrating F.C. Lorca with Ignacio Sanchez Mejia, Manos Katrakis and Notis Pergialis.
Archaeological museum in Vathi: At 22:00 and 23:00 (in sync with other islands), music and poetry celebrating F.C. Lorca with Ignacio Sanchez Mejia, Manos Katrakis and Notis Pergialis.

Samothrace
Ancient city ruins of Samothrace: Site open from 20:00 to 1:00.
Sanctuary of Great Gods: Open from 20:00 to 1:00.

Santorini
Akrotiri archaeological site: Homage to Greek song, with Vangelis Trigkas, Thodoris Broutzakis, Margartia Karamolegkou, Vasilis Katsaros and Giannis Karamaniolas. At 23:00 (in sync with other islands), music and poetry celebrating F.C. Lorca with Ignacio Sanchez Mejia, Manos Katrakis and Notis Pergialis.

Sifnos
Archaeological museum of Sifnos: At 23:00 (in sync with other islands), music and poetry celebrating F.C. Lorca with Ignacio Sanchez Mejia, Manos Katrakis and Notis Pergialis.

Syros
Archaeological museum of Syros: At 23:00 (in sync with other islands), music and poetry celebrating F.C. Lorca with Ignacio Sanchez Mejia, Manos Katrakis and Notis Pergialis.

Thassos
Ancient Agora

Tinos
Archaeological site of Kionia: At 22:00 and 23:00 (in sync with other islands), music and poetry celebrating F.C. Lorca with Ignacio Sanchez Mejia, Manos Katrakis and Notis Pergialis.

Plagiarism Note

This post was plagiarized by the EOT on August 13, 2011 and appeared on the official tourism website visitgreece.gr with no attribution or link. After filing a formal complaint with indisputable evidence under the DMCA, it was not removed but changed slightly with no admission of responsibility or apology.

In 2013, an English-language newspaper on August 16 and a Greek diaspora online publication on August 20 used identical headlines to mine from August 3.

Sources

Κλειστή η Ακρόπολη στην Αυγουστιάτικη πανσέληνο” — Eleftherotypia
Greece by moonlight
Acropolis closed for full moon night” — Kathimerini
Κλειστή η Ακρόπολη την Πανσέληνο του Αυγούστου” — SKAI
Πανσέληνος με μελωδίες στο Μουσείο Ακρόπολης” — To Vima
Πρόγραμμα εκδηλώσεων για την Πανσέληνο” — YPPO Press Release
«Στο φως του φεγγαριού» 120 μνημεία σε όλη την Ελλάδα” — Naftemporiki
Πανσέληνος με ανοιχτά μουσεία και αρχαιολογικούς χώρους” — To Vima
Αυγουστιάτικη πανσέληνος στον πεζόδρομο της Πανδρόσου” — To Vima
Πικ -νικ με μουσική και σινεμά” — To Vima
Ανοιχτά απόψε μουσεία και αρχαιολογικοί χώροι για την αυγουστιάτικη πανσέληνο” — Ta Nea
Sources linked above

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6 Comments »

  Georgios wrote @ January 11th, 2012 at 14:39

Hi,
Replying to a post at a travel forum requesting some info about Greece, i searched for a webpage offering updated practical information on a daily basis (if possible) for Greece, i found your webpage and i felt that i must tell you that i am amazed with your work.

I work for the PR & Press office of the Culture, Tourism and Education Department of the city of Thessaloniki and i found your work really unique.

So i would like to thank you for what you do for Greece.

Kat Reply:

Hi Georgios,

I was surprised and delighted to hear such kind words, though I’ve always found that people in Thessaloniki are far friendlier and hospitable than the capital where the City of Athens and EOT refuse to acknowledge my contributions and have plagiarized my material word for word. This makes it difficult to support their mission, though of course I would be open to helping you and Thessaloniki in the future if you would like to cooperate.

All best.

  Kostas wrote @ August 30th, 2012 at 07:15

It would be funny to see if these EOT folks would print fake info, you should do a fake story on April 1st and see if these geniuses copy it word for word

Kat Reply:

This year they didn’t publish their own article or copy one. EOT directed its audience to Greek News Agenda from the Secretariat of Information, which has also plagiarized me in the past and caused a wave unauthorized copies by Greek embassies around the world.

  Titia wrote @ August 12th, 2013 at 13:41

Can you please inform me if the 71 locations as mentioned above are updated to 2013 or if this is information of 2012? Try to open your link “offical official list” which does not open.

Thanks for your reply.

Kat Reply:

Quoted directly from above: “The ministry announced on August 3 that 71 tourist sites* will participate and many will feature music or theatrical performances in cooperation with local municipalities. *Will update when details are made known.” And when I have time, as it takes hours to translate and compile.

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