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Rolling Stones' Rome concert sparks heritage concerns

Published on Mar 17, 2014 8:24 AM
 
The Rolling Stones during their concert at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore on March 15, 2014. The iconic British rockers are set to play to 65,000 fans in the Eternal City on June 22 at the Circus Maximus, the ancient Roman chariot racing stadium, but the coming influx of spectators has raised concerns among heritage groups. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

ROME (AFP) - One group of ancient stones is under threat from another, fear the authorities in Rome, as the Rolling Stones prepare for a huge concert among the "very fragile" ruins of Italy's capital.

The iconic British rockers are set to play to 65,000 fans in the Eternal City on June 22 at the Circus Maximus, the ancient Roman chariot racing stadium.

The coming influx of spectators has raised concerns among heritage groups, who warned of "unpredictable consequences" and possible "acts of vandalism" in a "very fragile" area.

"The choice of the Circus Maximus for the Rolling Stones concert brings a measure of risk for the heritage of the area that is not only heightened but also hard to predict," said the office of archaeological supervisors in a statement.

 
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