A group of German tourists wearing ancient Greek clothing are alleging that they were recently banned from entering the Athens’ Acropolis because they were not “suitably attired.”
Speaking to Greek daily Ta Nea, after their return to Germany, one of the tourists said that she would understand the ban if she was visiting a monument in, for example, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Dubai or Iran.
“If I entered a mosque in Iran I would be prepared. But this Greece and Europe. There cannot be a dress code for the entrance to the Acropolis,” Dejre Kenning said.
Security guards justified their decision to ban the female tourists, claiming they needed a special permit as their escorting photographer was a professional, a charge the women deny. Professional photography in the area must be approved by Greece’s Archaeological Service and the Central Archaeological Council.
“The lady at the entrance told us that we were not dressed properly, that we were too naked,” Kenning says.
“Many visitors were wearing fewer clothes than us… There were many signs in the area: Do not eat ice cream, do not bring dogs, etc. There was no sign for a dress code anywhere,” she explains.
Asked why they decided to visit the Acropolis dressed in Ancient Greek attire, the German tourist said, “We wanted to show how beautiful your country’s history is and to express our respect.
“We did not intend to do anything wrong, we just had fun. None of us was rude or drunk, which I would understand as a reason for refusing entry,” she adds.
The group of women also allege that they were refused a refund for the tickets that they had booked online.