ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s culture ministry has rejected a request by Italian luxury brand Gucci to use the ancient Acropolis for a fashion event this summer.
Culture Minister Lydia Koniordou told state television a panel of ministry experts turned down the request late Tuesday, adding she was in “total agreement.”
The Acropolis is listed as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations cultural organization, Unesco.
Koniordou said: “We have a duty to defend the importance of (the Acropolis) … a global symbol of democracy and freedom.”
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Requests for commercial use of ancient monuments in Greece are rarely approved.
American singer Jennifer Lopez was granted access to the Acropolis for a 2008 photo shoot. The site also featured in the 2014 film “The Two Faces of January” starring Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst.