Updated: February 18, 2021 10:36:13 am
Social media is flooded with mesmerising pictures and videos after heavy snowfall covered Acropolis and other ancient monuments in Greece’s capital Athens.
The extreme weather caused power cuts and halted COVID-19 vaccinations in the Greek capital on Tuesday. Several other public services such as highways, ferry services and flights from regional airports were also disrupted.
Though snowfall is common in Greece’s mountains and in the northern part of the country, it is a rare event in the capital.
Take a look here:
A blanket of snow covers the Acropolis of Athens pic.twitter.com/JzKaL1sKdZ
— Reuters (@Reuters) February 16, 2021
As trees, building and roads were blanketed in snow many residents went on their balconies and poured onto the streets to play in the snow and click photographs.
Extreme weather conditions hit Athens and several other parts of Greece even as the country continues to be in lockdown, due to the surge in COVID-19 cases.
As pictures and videos of snow-covered monuments and buildings were widely shared on the internet, many reacted to the rare event on social media. Take a look at some of the reactions here:
— Denise (@prendergastden1) February 16, 2021
— brown (@youkaygirl) February 16, 2021
Wow … beautiful
— Chiquira Toisuta (@ToisutaChiquira) February 16, 2021
They say of the Acropolis, where the Parthenon is…
— Kasen Vogel (@Cosmonesian) February 16, 2021
The city of our heart!Lovely Athens, all time of the year!
— ZoumeSurreal (@vsureal) February 16, 2021
Beautiful! I treasure my trips to the Acropolis! ❤️ 🇬🇷
— Teeny Parks (@teenyparks) February 16, 2021
According to Associated Press, the cold wave has already caused snowstorms around much of Europe and is expected to keep the temperature hovering around freezing in Athens till February 18.
In neighbouring Turkey, heavy snow and blizzards forced the closure of a highway in the country’s northwest.
(With inputs from AP)
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