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From journal Greek Adventures in Athens
Cary, North Carolina
September 26, 2007
From journal Greece Is the Word: Part 1 - Athens
July 5, 2007
From journal A Tiring Day in Lindos
January 27, 2007
From journal First Timer in Athens
August 2, 2006
From journal Semester in Athens
North Attleboro, Massachusetts
July 25, 2006
Once you finally make your way to the site, make sure you have shoes with traction. Climbing up towards the main gate, you'll see the Theater of Dionysus. Here, they have smaller performances to show tourists some of the Greek culture. The area has much marble, stones, and stairs throughout the site. When you first approach, you'll be entering Athena's shrine. As you walk through, you'll notice there is much construction. They are in the process of restoring the monument.
Continue through Athena's Temple, and proceed to the Parthenon. Here you can envision the activities that took place thousands of years ago. It is still in relatively good condition, but it is thanks to the efforts of the reconstruction team. Don't be alarmed, as many artifacts are available there as well as in the museum on-site.
Besides taking in the ancient buildings, be sure to take a few moments to soak in the sights from above Athens. You can see the layout of the city as well as have a good view of Lycavittos Hill.
With your ticket into the Acropolis, you'll also receive tickets to see Ancient Agora and other historical sights/references throughout the city.
From journal Athens: An Ancient Wonder
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
by Coronado Bob & Berie
November 11, 2004
From journal Post Olympic Athens - The Walking City
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