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Greece installs 150 CCTV cameras at Acropolis amid outrage at ‘shameful’ gay sex scene at temple

A gay sex scene shot at the ancient Parthenon in Greece has prompted outraged authorities to install an elaborate camera system at the UNESCO World Heritage Site to end such escapades.

The 36-minute short film, called ‘Xeparthenon’ – or ‘defloration’ in Greek – reportedly shows two men in face coverings having sex in the Erechtheion, a small temple in the Acropolis complex, in full view of the public. and surrounded by tourists.

“It was a lewd, horribly lewd act,” said Ioannis Mavrikopoulos, the Acropolis chief guard. “It was the most shameful insult to the sanctity of the site.”

The 2,500-year-old temple, located in an ancient citadel on a rock overlooking the Greek capital, is getting a new, hi-tech security system of more than 150 cameras to provide real-time surveillance of the area, Culture Minister Lina Mendoni said.

In a meeting on Tuesday, the Central Archaeological Council approved the security system on the Acropolis and the monuments of the southern and northern slopes.

The cameras will be monitored 24 hours a day from a control room so specially trained security personnel can guard against unwanted future shenanigans.

A woman snaps a photo of the Erechtheion Temple on the Acropolis of Athens, the site where two men filmed themselves having sex last year

A woman snaps a photo of the Erechtheion Temple on the Acropolis of Athens, the site where two men filmed themselves having sex last year

The ancient Parthenon Temple atop the archaeological site of the Acropolis Hill.  The Greek authorities were outraged by the immoral act that the

The ancient Parthenon Temple atop the archaeological site of the Acropolis Hill. The Greek authorities were outraged at the lewd act, saying it was “the most shameful insult to the sanctity of the site”.

“It is not only the dangers that the monuments on the site face from vandalism and other activities, but also the inappropriate activities that call for extra security,” Mavrikopoulos said.

“It’s an important step in the right direction,” Mavrikopoulos told The Times. Mavrikopoulos further urged authorities to “take similar protections across the country.”

‘We must first invest in the protection of our cultural heritage. It’s a sign of civilization, not an insult to it.’

The gruesome sex scene, shot in December, sparked outrage in Greece when it came to light after it was released online, sparking an investigation by the Ministry of Culture.

The film was first screened at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in mid-December, but only came to the attention of outraged authorities in January.

The film shows two gay men with covered faces having sex at the Acropolis archaeological site while it is open to the public and full of tourists.

The other participants in the film circled the protagonists as cover and pretended to take pictures of the monument. Visitors to the archaeological site can be seen up close.

The filmmakers – who chose to remain anonymous – described themselves in a statement as LGBT+ activists and said they chose the Parthenon because of its “symbol of nationalism and carrier of heteronormal messages.”

They said: ‘Some of us are subjected to physical and verbal abuse for our choices and expressions of sexuality… we will live our love and sexuality as we please and we will defend existence in public, but also living it side by side. each other, of all sexualities that do not violate the self-determination of our body.’

They also called the sex scene between two men on the world famous site a “political act”.

The Ministry of Culture was unsurprisingly outraged by the stunt and stated that the film was made without his permission or consent.

“The archaeological site of the Acropolis is not suitable for any kind of activism or other activity that could cause offense and show disdain for the monument,” the ministry said in a statement.

The Acropolis of Athens, Greece, with the Parthenon Temple on the top of the hill during a summer sunset

The Acropolis of Athens, Greece, with the Parthenon Temple on the top of the hill during a summer sunset

It added that it is “trying to find those responsible for this illegal shooting as soon as possible.”

It also launched an investigation into whether employees of the UNESCO site were involved in the production.

Spyros Bibilas, president of the Greek Actors Association, said the short film featuring sex scenes on the Acropolis was sent to him anonymously and described it as “shameful.”

“No one can use the Sacred Rock of the Acropolis for so-called activist and revolutionary actions, which are in fact both stupid and immoral,” he said on Antenna television.

“You can’t do what you want in the name of activism. Actually, I don’t see this as activism… As a Greek I’m ashamed.’

The Parthenon receives about 7.2 million tourists a year, with entrance tickets costing around £20.

Dedicated to the goddess Athena, the patron saint of Athens, it was built between 447 and 438 BC, although the decoration of the building continued until 432 BC.

UNESCO describes the Acropolis and its monuments as “universal symbols of the classical spirit and civilization, and constitutes the greatest architectural and artistic complex bequeathed to the world by Greek antiquity.”

It added that the Athenians “carried out an ambitious building program” in the 5th century BC after being “empowered by their victory over the Persians.” This building project consisted of several monuments including the Parthenon, the Erechtheion, the Propylaia and the Temple of Athena Nike.

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