A Spectacular Full Moon Dazzles Greek Skies

Full moon over the Parthenon. Credit: Tilemahos Efthimiadis / Wikimedia Commons

Thousands of Greeks and foreign visitors gathered at the country’s archaeological sites to enjoy the brightest moon of the year on Thursday evening.

Greece celebrated the full moon occasion by offering free entrance to archaeological sites, museums and monuments, under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports.

More than 100 cultural events, including concerts, poetry readings, guided tours and theater performances accompanied the moonlit summer night.

Among the highlights were the events organized by the Acropolis Museum where visitors had the opportunity to stroll around the museum’s temporary exhibition, “Chisel and Memory,” which showcases almost half a century’s worth of photographs that depict marble craftsmen restoring major monuments, until midnight.

The restaurant and ground-floor cafe were open until late, so the visitors could get a panoramic view of the full moon over the Acropolis.

Hundreds also gathered at the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, south of Athens to see the moon rise over the Aegean.

This year’s full moon occurred on Aug. 15, which also coincide with one of the largest religious holidays in the country.

The celebration of the August moonlight in Greece’s archaeological treasures began in 1999 and has proven very successful and becomes a summertime tradition across the nation.

The events, part of the Culture Ministry’s “Under the Moonlight” series, will conclude on Sunday, Aug. 19, according to an official announcement. In 2018, the full moon celebrations hosted over 100,000 visitors, compared with 74,970 in 2017, and 63,795 in 2016.