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April 27, 2006
Not only is the view of Athens from the hill fantastic, but the size of the hill itself and everything that was on it were stunning. Known to me as the symbol of Greece, not only did I not expect the Parthenon to be so intact, but I didn't expect it to be so gigantic. For some reason, I felt the power of the place just thinking about how many of the world's people over how many generations have visited the place.
Off to the side of the Parthenon is the Acropolis Archaeological Museum, which is worth a visit. Off to the left of the Parthenon is the Erechtheion, and slightly in front of that is the Temple of Nike. Down the same hill is the theater of Dionysos, where plays were often performed for guests of the royalty.
Go over to the Temple of Zeus down the street. There are not as many people here as there are on and around the Acropolis, but nonetheless, the marble used to build this temple is amazing in the afternoon sunlight.
Slightly northwest of the Acropolis is the Ancient Agora. Known to once be Athens's central marketplace as well as its civic center, it holds the Thesseion, the church of the Holy Apostles, and the Stoa of Attalos, which holds the Agora Museum.
One of the best things to do while visiting the Acropolis is to sit and wait for the sunset on top of the smaller hill next to the Acropolis entrance. There are a lot of people who enjoy watching the sunset from this particular hill, because when the time comes, it just looks like the sun sinks into the city, and then you get to see the city start to light up. And finally you get to enjoy the walk down the hill and the view of the Acropolis lit up.
From journal Mystical Athens
New York, New York
March 12, 2006
From journal Visit to the Ancient City—Athens, Greece
December 27, 2005
The monuments that are still visible today date from the Classical Period (450-330 BC) and include the architecturally complex Erechtheion temple and the most architecturally sophisticated temple of its time, the Parthenon. Wear sturdy shoes, because it’s a hike to the top and the marble steps near the monuments are slippery.
The term "acropolis" means upper city, and many of the city-states of ancient Greece are built around an acropolis that the inhabitants can go to as a place of refuge in times of invasion. It's for this reason that the most sacred buildings are usually on the acropolis; it's the safest, most secure place in town.
Below the Acropolis is the theater of Herod Atticus, built by the Romans in 161 AD and still used today for classical concerts, ballet, performances of high cultural value, and Yanni. Farther on is the Theater of Dionysius, the first stone theater and home to Sophocles, Aeschylus, Euripides, and Aristophanes. It was rebuilt around 342 BC and then enlarged by the Romans to be used for gladiator fights.
The Acropolis is open from 8am to 6:30pm every day. These hours can change depending on the season, and sometimes it is open in the evenings of the full moon during the summer. They don't allow you to bring backpacks or day bags on the Acropolis; you have to check them, so if you need to bring a bag with you, be sure to have a spare pocket for your valuables. The cost of entrance to the Acropolis is about 12 euros. The entrance fee is valid for a week and grants access to the other sites in the area including the Ancient Agora, Theatre of Dionysius, Kerameikos, Roman Agora, Tower of the Winds, and the Temple of Olympian Zeus.
The easiest way to get to the Acropolis is to follow Dioysiou Aeropagitou, the large pedestrian street that starts near Hadrian's Arch and goes around the north of the Acropolis, until you come to the marble paths that lead up the hill. This road becomes Apostolou Pavlou, which is also car-less and continues past the cafes of Thission to the lower Ermou and Kerameikos archaeological site at the bottom of Monastiraki.
From journal Athens - Ancient Splendor Meets Modern City
July 13, 2005
From journal A Trip To Athens
by Brodie Clan
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
December 21, 2004
From journal Going Greek
by Coronado Bob & Berie
November 11, 2004
From journal Post Olympic Athens - The Walking City
Oak Hill, Virginia
June 17, 2004
You enter The Acropolis through The Propylaea. The Parthenon, the Erechtheion, everything was covered in scaffolding, probably in preparation for the traffic when the Olympics comes later in 2004. The structures were obstructed by them, making the sites seemed cluttered.
We went into the museum on the hill and found broken statues and indiscernible pieces found centuries before. It was hard to get into what we were seeing because nothing looked like anything. As we were leaving the museum, we saw the original statues of the Erechtheion – the only problem is that we didn’t know that the ones on the structure weren’t real and wouldn’t have known then if an English speaking group hadn’t come by and asked the question.
From journal Greece - A trip to the past
March 27, 2004
The Acropolis has only one gate. There are temples in it like Temple of Athena and the Erechteion. Erectheion was used as the ladies’ quarters during Ottoman times -- there are statues of six ladies in it. Of course, the ones you see there are fake because the originals are all over the world -- one of them is in England and the other five are luckily in the Agora Museum, which you can visit at the site.
The Parthenon was all about the columns. It reflects the glory of the past for a creative eye, even though it is a ruin now. It was originally used as a temple, a mosque afterwards, and exploded during the war of Ottomans with the Venetians because the Ottomans stored explosives there. What an unlucky end for such a gorgeous building!
From journal Coctail of chaos and beauty
by Sarah M
Leicester, United Kingdom
August 10, 2003
It is a gentle 10 minute walk passing the anncient theatres of Dionysos and Herodes Atticus (used for concerts and shows during the Athens Festival in July and August) up a landscaped hill to the top, where the view over Athens sprawling buildings is tremendous.
If there is one place you visit in Athens, this has to be it.
From journal Essential Athens
March 4, 2003
From journal "One Night Stand" Athens, Greece