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February 26, 2010
Oxford, United Kingdom
October 11, 2009
Cruising in the Eastern Med,
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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
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
March 12, 2002
Take your time when you are going to pay your respects to Pallas Athena. Stroll around the foot of the hill, through the Plaka. Take a route no one else is taking. There are lots of picturesque small stepped alleys leading to the summit. Often you will be rewarded with a magnificent vista on this glistering rock.
Before turning left towards the entrance, turn right and climb the very slippery and steep steps towards the Areopagus hill. Here you have a beautiful view on the Acropolis, the Ancient Agora at your feet and on vast modern Athens. On this hill the Persians made camp when besieging Athens in 480 B.C. and here the Apostle Paul preached to the people of Athens.
After buying a ticket, students half price, you start your final ascend. First you pass the still used theatre of Herodes Atticus, then, suddenly you are there. The small Temple of Athena Nike, currently in scaffolding, at first blocks your view, but as you make the turn the blinding white marble Propylaia, the majestic entrance to this holy hill, appears. As you walk up the steps the impressive grandeur is humbling. It is hard to imagine how impressive it must have been when it was unscathed.
When clearing the gate I realized all the pictures I had seen didn’t do the Acropolis, and especially the Parthenon, justice. I imagined it to be grand but it appeared to be huge! When walking around the Parthenon I suddenly understood why the Greeks hate the Turkish so much. You have to be a real idiot to store gunpowder in such an impressive en enchanting building. Moreover, you have to be a real jerk to let it explode!
The west side of the Parthenon is the most impressive. The tympanum on this side depicted the battle between Poseidon, god of the Sea, and Pallas Athena for the patronage of the city. When standing on the south side of the Acropolis you have a nice view of the Stoa of Eumenes, Pyraeus and the wonderful Filopappos hill.
Another gem on the Acropolis is the Erechteion with the exquisite Caryatids. This temple, dedicated to multiple gods, is built on the holy grounds where Poseidon and Athena fought their battle. The first donated a spring to the city by striking the ground with his trident. You can still see the marks where he did so. The second donated an olive tree. On the west side of the temple you’ll find one planted on the same spot, allegedly.
To be short: this place is enchanting.
From journal Four days in Athens
October 24, 2000
Being the lover of archeology and in general of Greek classical studies, I was absolutely fascinated by the site. The sheer size of Parthenon is remarkable, when you realize it was built 2,500 years ago. The museum houses artifacts found in the temples on the Acropolis, which were put there to prevent weather damage. In 1999, the combination ticket to both the site and the museum was 2000 drachmae. Well worth it too!
Acropolis is a hill, and a pretty steep one, so take good walking shoes and bottled water with you when you go. And take careful steps, because the marble steps are awfully slippery. I introduced myself to the marble the hard way: face first, and let me tell you: it’s not a pleasant experience.
On the path to the Acropolis there are dozens of souvenir peddlers that sell postcards, papyrus drawings and other little souvenirs. They sell the same type and quality of souvenirs as the museum gift shop but at a half price. I suggest loading up on souvenirs from them on the way out of Acropolis.
Acropolis has a web-site with more relevant information as well as phone numbers and opening hours at
From journal Athens - could be your best vacation ever!
January 14, 2008
From journal Greek Adventures 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