Greek National Holiday of March 25th

Sunday, 25 March, 2012

On the occasion of the Greek National Holiday of 25 March 2012, entry will be free for all visitors at the Acropolis Museum from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. At 12 noon, on the balcony of the second floor that overlooks the Archaic Gallery, Marios Strofalis will present the piano recital “Great Day, Great Greek Composers”.

At 5 p.m., the Athens Municipality Philharmonic Orchestra will present a music program in the ground floor lobby of the Museum, in view of the Hekatompedos pediment.

On the same day, Museum Archaeologists – Hosts will present visitors for the first time in the Parthenon Gallery the 32nd metope on the north side of the Parthenon building, which was left intact in the turbulent years around 400 AD. Archaeological research has attributed the preservation of this metope to the fact that the scene was thought to portray the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary.

This metope, along with the three adjacent to it, depicts the gods of Mount Olympus deciding the outcome of the Trojan War and the victory of the Greeks. The Metope of the Annunciation and the Metope of the Centauromachy (south metope 1) were recently taken down from the Parthenon and having undergone conservation treatment, they were placed in the Museum. Read more here.