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    The Amphitheatre

    by wilocrek Written Mar 21, 2009

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    Although the Parthenon would rank in most tourists mind as the must see attraction of the Acropolis the Amphitheatre ranks as a close second. The Theatre is on the outside of the Acropolis and is built up against the south slope. The best views of the theatre is from the top of the Acropolis near the Parthenon. With the city of Athens as a stunning backdrop to the theatre it makes for some grand Kodak moments.

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    An Oasis in the Middle of Madness

    by wilocrek Updated Mar 21, 2009

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    Like an oasis in the middle of a blazing desert the sight of the Acropolis rising above the bustling madness of the city of Athens is truly a welcome sight for sore eyes. Stepping out of the city streets into the dirt paths that snake their way to the top will be like splash of cold water on hot day. The chaos of the city of Athens will melt away as the true nature and origins of Athens will be brought alive by the timeless beauty of the Acropolis. While some may choose to make a quick visit as part of a tour in my opinion, at the very least, a couple of days is needed to be able to soak in the magnificence of what your eyes will see. Don't let the cost of the 12 euro admission fee get you down...it will be worth every euro and then some. A word to the wise get there as early as possible as the midday crowds...no matter what time of year...will clog up the paths of the Acropolis so try to get a couple hours of serenity by coming early.

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    Marvel at the Lady Caryatids (replicas)

    by jumpingnorman Written Jan 22, 2009

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    Caryatid Maidens in the Acropolis, Greece

    I was driving here in Arizona and passed by a little stoneyard and saw a replica of those nice maidens I saw in the Parthenon --- wow, I wanted to buy them but then backed out when the owner wanted to sell it for US$12000 for the 4 statues. It would have looked great in my backyard, hehehe…

    But these structures are the Caryatids, the maiden columns of the Erechteion. Karyatides literally means "maidens of Karyae" (an ancient town).
    Somebody was telling me that women were locked inside in ancient times as a harem for the city officials --- not sure if this is true?

    But the structures that are now at the Parthenon are not the original ones. There were six original figures and one was removed by Lord Elgin in the early 1800s and brought to the British Museum in London. The other five figures were damaged by erosion and are stored in the Acropolis Museum.

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    temple of Hephaestus

    by mindcrime Written Sep 10, 2008

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    I always liked the temple of Hephestus (or Thiseion) because we could see it when we were drinking coffee at the nearby cafes of Thiseion! lol The good thing with this temple is that you can see almost the whole of it, like those era back in 5th century BC with all its Doric columns standing up and you can see a big part of the original roof.

    The temple turned into church in the 7th century and used like a church until 1834 (with so many orthodox churches it was a stupid move but…) You can easily walk around it and take photos with no problems while the tourist masses gather around the famous Parthenon.

    Hephestus was the god of fire and metallurgy and probably the temple took its name because there were many metalwork stores around this area. He was the son of Zeus and Hora but the most important thing I remember about him from school lessons is that he married the goddess of beauty Aphrodite!! :)

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    the holy rock of athens

    by Lili.Mont Updated Aug 30, 2008

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    Acropolis is the height of greek architecture evolution in classic period(400 BC).it’s the citadel and the sanctuary of the city in antiquity.

    PARTHENON(picture2):
    Templa of Parthenon is the greatest structure in Acropolis in Doric style(slim and tall columns with plain head,see picture3) constructed by Iktinos and Kallikrates(447-432 BC)three seated goddesses,on the eastern side,are Phidias’d works,demonstrate the emphasis on body dimensions and a kind of movement through the wrinkles of the cloths(which have not existed before)

    ERECHTHEIUM(the main picture):
    In classic period,standing figures of women were used as columns of structures.the best example for this usage are the”caryatids”(see picture4),the statue of six female figures in Temple of Erechteium in Ionic style(tall narrow columns with convoluted head which have been inspired by ram’s horn).

    ATHENA:
    the temple of Athena,In Ionic style which is dedicated to attica godheads.

    Acropolis museum was closed for displacement when i visited athens(summer 2008).check it before traveling.
    Acropolis is an ancient rocky city(see picture5)and you should mount it to the top.dont bring heavy baggages.don’t forget to bring potable water with yourself otherwise you have to suffer your thirst.
    Entrance fee is 12 EUR and you can also visit 5 other ancient sites in Athens with the same ticket(like theatre of Dionysos,temple of Olympian Zeus,…)

    Opening hours:8:00-18:00

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    Exploring Acropolis

    by drvanessa Written Aug 28, 2008

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    First of all, you definitely have to climb up to Acropolis.Its right in the centre of the town.If you want to walk more you can get to Syntagma square (the main square in Athens) and from there you can walk down MITROPOLEOS or ERMOU street in order to get to PLAKA neighbourhood.PLAKA is the old part of the city, filled with shops, tavernas, souvenirs and ancient findings in between!
    If you want to get to ACROPOLIS faster just take the metro, the red line, and get off to ACROPOLIS stop. IN the tube station there is also a small museum that included the ancient findings that came along during the excavations for the metro station in Athens:-))
    As you get off the metro walk down the lovely walk of DIONISSIOU AREOPAGITOU (pedestrian zone), where at your left you'll see the world-famous ancient open-air theatre IRODEION. A little bit further down on your right you can turn and meet the entrance to Acropolis. On the weekends there are organized walking-tours IN the ancient market (Agora) down of the Acropolis. Take your time there to enjoy the view...

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    ACROPOLIS

    by mallyak Written Aug 20, 2008

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    The Acropolis hill (acro - edge, polis - city), so called the "Sacred Rock" of Athens, is the most important site of the city and constitutes one of the most recognizable monuments of the world. It is the most significant reference point of ancient Greek culture, as well as the symbol of the city of Athens itself as it represent the apogee of artistic development in the 5th century BC. During Perikles' Golden Age, ancient Greek civilization was represented in an ideal way on the hill and some of the architectural masterpieces of the period were erected on its ground.
    The Propylaea are the monumental entrances to the sacred area dedicated to Athena, the patron goddess of the city. Built by the architect Mnesicles with Pentelic marble, their design was avant-garde. To the south-west of the Propylaea, on a rampart protecting the main entrance to the Acropolis, is the Ionian temple of Apteros Nike, which is now being restored.

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    The flag

    by Aitana Written Aug 4, 2008

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    Every Sunday, at sunset, a detachment of the Evzones parades in the Acropolis towards the East side, where the Greek flag is in top of the pole. They honor the flag and take it down. The Evzones parade again and leave the Acropolis. The rest of the week a detachment of Infantry does it.

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    Areopagus

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jul 23, 2008

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    The Areopagus is the 'Hill of Ares', north-west of the Acropolis, which in classical times functioned as the chief homicide court of Athens. Ares was supposed to have been tried here by the gods for the murder of Poseidon's son Alirrothios.

    You may watch my high resolution photo of Acropolis on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 37º 58' 19.64" N 23º 43' 24.81" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Areopagus.

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    Panorama of Athens

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jul 23, 2008

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    Climbing up the Acropolis Hill you may enjoy beautiful views of Athens.

    You may watch my high resolution photo of Athens from Acropolis on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 37º 58' 16.32" N 23º 43' 33.93" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Panorama of Athens 1,
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    Sacred rock of Acropolis

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jul 23, 2008

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    Everybody knows the Acropolis of Athens as the best known acropolis in the world. Acropolis means “high city”, or "Sacred Rock". The Acropolis is a flat-topped rock which rises 150 m above sea level.

    While exploring the Acropolis you may see the following sights there:
    Parthenon, Old Temple of Athena, Erechtheion, Statue of Athena Promachos, Propylaea, Temple of Athena Nike, Eleusinion, Sanctuary of Artemis Brauronia, Chalkotheke, Pandroseion, Arrephorion, Altar of Athena, Sanctuary of Zeus Polieus, Sanctuary of Pandion, Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Stoa of Eumenes, Sanctuary of Asclepius or Asclepieion, Theatre of Dionysus Eleuthereus, Odeon of Pericles, Temenos of Dionysus Eleuthereus, Aglaureion.

    Only few of them are of good condition but it’s quite enough to spent the whole day 9better several days) enjoying this “pre-eminent monument on the European Cultural Heritage”.

    You may watch my high resolution photo of Acropolis on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 37º 58' 20.34" N 23º 43' 22.96" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Greece Athens Acropolis .

    You may watch my 4 min 40 sec VIDEO-clip Greece Athens Akropolis with popular Greek Sirtaki music.

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    Acropolis

    by apbeaches Written Jul 16, 2008
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    The Acropolis of Athens is the best known acropolis (high city, The "Sacred Rock") in the world. Although there are many other acropoleis in Greece, the significance of the Acropolis of Athens is such that it is commonly known as The Acropolis without qualification. The Acropolis is a flat-topped rock which rises 150 m (490 ft) above sea level in the city of Athens. It was also known as Cecropia, after the legendary serpent-man, Kekrops or Cecrops, the first Athenian king

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    The Acropolis

    by Snipernurse Updated Jun 28, 2008

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    You may notice that many of the major cities in Greece have an ancient site which may have a description of an 'acropolis' attached to it and this may confuse you (Or it may not and I'm simply just wasting your time) The term acropolis is just a reference to an area elevated on rock in comparison to it's surrounding area. It's a higher point of land. The Greeks commonly used these for important buildings, such as the Parthenon and other structures which sit on top of Athens Acropolis, which in reality is THE Acropolis. On it multiple structures will catch your attention and demand precious megabytes on your cameras disk. It is advisable to get some sort of a historical/guide book for the Acropolis to explain the structure. The Parthenon is the most famous structure (which was intact until 1687 when it was being used to house ammunition and subsequently blown up by venetian invaders), the Temple of Athena Nike, Erectheion, Propylaia, Artemis Sanctuary and Theatre of Dionysos. The area whose buildings used to be adorned with marble, fine sculptures and other masterpeices has through the years suffered many ravagings and attacks. It is currently undergoing extensive restorative efforts and scaffolding is prominent in the Parthenon.

    The Acropolis gets quite busy and uninterrupted pictures are impossible. The summer sun gets incredibly hot and powerful during the day so always come prepared. Wear sun glasses, a hot, sunscreen.

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    The Acropolis

    by Skibbe Written Jun 21, 2008

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    Its a fairly long climb up here, the crowds are bad, and some of the sites are blocked by construction. But it is one of the great sights of the world. It gives you a nice perspective of the city to start your visit.

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    Arios Pagos Hill

    by mindcrime Written Jun 8, 2008

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    This hill (that can be seen from Acropolis) was the meeting place of the council of nobles in ancient Athens and later its membership was restricted to those who had held high public office like the Archons (the chief judicial officers). What’s more this was the place where Apostle Paul preached the Athenians in 54BC his famous speech:
    'Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands>>.

    Next to the hill there is a ruined postbyzantine church dedicated to Dionisios the Areopagite (a judge of the Areopagus that converted to a Christian because of the preaching of Apostle Paul and later became a bishop of Athens).

    What you can do here is watch out the slippery steps as you go up, admire the Acropolis like everyone else and swear to ancient gods for your sunburn (there’s nowhere to hide from the sun here)! lol What's more as you can see in the pic the city of Athens is huge in ourdays so Apostle Paul would probably need a huge amplifier to be heard all over the place :)

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