Athens Acropolis, Athens
Favorite thing: It’s on all those annoying lists of ‘places you must see before you die’ but the city’s centrepiece, the Parthenon, and the Acropolis, the rocky hill on which it stands, really do live up to the hype. It’s more impressive than ever now that most of the scaffolding has come down and a massive restoration project launched in 1983 is finally nearing completion. The architectural skills of the ancient Greeks provide a stark contrast to the concrete jungle creeping up the foothills of the Acropolis. This clash between ancient and modern is a fitting symbol of a city that is ever changing, yet always timeless.
Another Beautiful song accompanying the video of Greece:
Canción del DVD Greece Secret of the past
KYMA T'OURANOU ANATOLI
WAVE OF HEAVEN-EAST
Música: Steve Wood
Letra : Kostas Fasoulas
Wave of heaven
Wave of heaven
Ineffable song of fire
You, the edge of the precipice
Sea of return
You, the tree of silence
Under your shade I traveled
I traveled and I was jealous
Of the rain's aroma
You tell me -- you'll come, and yet you're always late
My thirst and earth
Is the fountainhead of heaven
What strange escape exalts again in your eyes?
You are a wind that flies away
And you scatter my soul
- Kostas Fasoulas
If you have opportunity to stay in King George II hotel with a beautiful view to the Acropolis, you have to think on one more thing - how to spend the day, because evenings and early mornings will be unforgettable.
Fondest memory: During the day my passion is to be with local people, to explore the city amenities and to go to some events. Athens is a full of quality events. On of this is Athens Summer Festival which is closing in beginning of October every year. So, don't calculate.
Favorite thing: The ticket you purchase to enter the Acropolis also gains you entrance to the Ancient and Roman Agoras, the Temple of the Olympian Zeus, and the Theater of Dionysus. The ticket is 12 euro for adults and 6 euro for students.
Anafiotika is the area located on the slopes of Acropolis, south Plaka.The name derives from the inhabitants of the island Anafi (Cyclades) who moved here at the beginning around 1830 afther the Hellenic Revolution.
The houses are built in typical (white-washed) Cycladic style.
Favorite thing: This unique building is located at the most historical, sacred and legendary spot of the Holy Rock. It is where the Mycaenean palace stood (1300 BC) and also the site where Cecrops, the first king of Athens was buried. Also it is the spot where the legendary dispute between Poseidon and Athena over the patronage of the city, was believed to have taken place. In the north side, and at the ceiling of the entrance, as well as on the ground under it, two holes remain to commemorate the exact spot where Poseidon's trident struck the rock and a spring of salty water emerged. On the western side an olive tree grows at the spot where the world's first olive tree sprung: it was Athena's gift. Precious enough so her to gain the patronage of the city. The most recognisable feature of Erecthion is of course the porch of the six Caryatids. On the Eastern side check out the Ionic columns.
Most of the friezes, metopes and othe marbles of the Parthenon are nowadays in the British Museum of London. Why?
In the 19th century, Thomas Bruce, the 7th Earl of Elgin, British Ambassador to the Sublime Porte of Constantinople (Istanbul) decided to take to London all these pieces, which were finally sold to the British Government in 1816, at the price of 35,000 pounds . Since then these pieces are called “The Elgin Marbles”.
Long has been discussed about it and the greek government claimed for them several times, but…
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I remember walking miles in the ungodly heat of Athens, up a hill that never stopped, feeling the blisters on my feet. Walking and walking and walking. Only to get into the Acropolis to find that it was under construction! I was devastated. I sulked and squinted my eyes to imagine what it would look like with out scaffolding and mesh everywhere. At the time I couldn’t believe that no one told us, or that it wasn’t somehow on the news: “ATTENTION TRAVELS!”
After logging more travels I realized this is very common and nothing to get bent about. Such is life.
Once up on the Akropolis, you would be impresed by the Parthenon, the greatest monument of Doric architecture in all Greece.
No photographs and no descriptions can prepare one for the Parthenon's columns.
Favorite thing: Yes you have to go and see in the centre of town where there are two hills, the Acropolis with the monuments from the age of Pericles and Lycabetus with the picturesque chapel of Ag. Giorgis otherwise your trip to Athens wont be completed.
See the Erechtion after the visit at Parthenon.
The original Caryatids are in the neighbour Museum to be protected against pollution. The statues you see outdoor are copies.
A Century ago, Lord Elgin thought the Caryatids were better in London than at their original place (Napoleon did the same at Venice). He gave one of the statue at the British Museum.
Recently, the missing Caryatid has been back.
A walk around the Acropolis is always a must everytime you visit Athens. I've only been twice, but it gets better and better.
Fondest memory: A very serene place where the history is awesome. How did they get those stones up that hill?
The Parthenon by Ictinus and Callicrates
Style:Ancient Greek Doric. It is the most perfect Doric Temple ever built.
Dimensions of the Temple:at the top step 30.9m x69.5m,on the exterior, the diameter of the Doric columns is 1.9m and their height is 10.4m,the corner columns are a little larger in diameter.
Favorite thing: This temple,one of the best known buildings around the world was completed in 438 BC after 9 years,by the architects Ictínos and Callicrítes in order to host the 12m-high statue of godess Athena which was made by Phedías.Parthenon survived through many adventures:It was converted into a christian church, a mosque and also into a gunpowder magazine,something that caused severe damages.Built to express the glory of Ancient Athens after Pericles' conception and though a great deal of its sculptures remain in the British museum after Lord Elgin removed them,it is still the undisputed emblem of the city.Currently there is a restoration project on process on the Acropolis that will be finished in 2004.Learn more about it in this very informative site: http://ysma.culture.gr/english/index.html
Climb Acropolis, the most important archaeological ensemble of Greece. Acropolis is a high hill on summit of it you can see Parthenon temple. In VIII century B.C. Acropolis was given to worship Athena, saint patroness of the city.
Fondest memory: I close my eyes and see crowds of people, the gigantic columns of Parthenon, magnificent view over Athens from the top and the beautiful Greek flag, white and blue, flying on a high flagstaff.