THE find of a massive 4th century BC tomb at Amfipolis could lead to renewed interest in Greek antiquity and an increase in visitor numbers to archaeological sites and museums this year, says the Greek National Tourism Organization.
Two sphinxes have been found at the entrance of a tomb dating between 325 and 300 BC in Amfipolis, east of Thessaloniki in northern Greece. The tomb will be open to the visitors after archaeologists have complete their work. The rest of the Amfipolis site – in one of the richest archaeological regions in the country – is currently open to visitors.
Archaeological sites in Greece saw a 25% increase in visitor numbers and a 22% increase in revenue in the first four months of 2014, while museums had a 13% increase in visitor numbers and a 19% increase in revenue. Total visitor numbers during this time reached 2.4 million.
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