on January 14, 2008
If you're visiting Athens, there is no doubt that you'll be popping round the Acropolis which is the city's most popular sight. Built long before A.D., the Acropolis of Athens is made up of several notable sights with the Parthenon being its most famous. One of the reasons why I love the Parthenon is that when you're standing right next to it, you can see a nearly 360 panoramic view of Athens. It is also at that point where you can truly see how dense Athens is. Many people go to Acropolis to see the Parthenon but there are several notable sights you should check out. The Temple of Athena Nike and the Theatre of Dionysus Eleuthereus are just as spectacular. There are several smaller but worthwhile places around the Acropolis as well.There are two downsides to the Acropolis: 1) The unbeatable crowds, and 2) the fact that it is still undergoing restoration. Much of the Parthenon is still covered with scaffolds despite an ongoing 20-year restoration project. Don't let it deter you from visiting - you may be able to get in some great photographic shots. The crowds are unmistakable because it is Athen's most popular place to visit. Visiting early in the morning will allow you to get a true experience. Much of Acropolis is open space so it is often very hot and by bringing sunscreen and a bottle of water, you'll be doing yourself a favour.I was able to get free entry due to my hearing loss but regular admission (student rate) is €6 and for adults, €12. The ticket allows you to visit all sights below Acropolis, including the Ancient Agora and Hadrian's Arch, for a 48-hour period. The site is open daily from 8 AM to 7:30 PM in the high season and closes at 2:30 PM in the low season. Getting there is very simple - you should get off at "Akropolis" metro stop on the red line and from there, it is a short walk.One tip for a visit: Check out the homeless cat sanctuary on the Acropolis grounds. You may be able to get in a rare photograph of one of these elusive cats!
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