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.
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.
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.
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).
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,…)
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...
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.
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.
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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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.
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
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.
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.
We hiked to the top of Acropolis on a very hot day. It was pretty much a day trip and takes a fair bit ofd energy since you will be climbing upwards by stairs alteast half of the way. It is very beautiful and and there are a few different routes to take to the top. If you dont feel up for the hike there is also a horse and buggie service that you can arrange to take you to the top. (a bit pricey) The rocks and stairs are very smooth and slippery so be sure to wear sensible shoes. I made the mistake of not doing so myself, and had a nice wipeout as a result! Be sure to bring water as well, because unless its changed in a years time since I was there, there was only water fountains to drink from.
Furthermore, Acropolis is under a constant state of construction with regards to upholding and enhancing the original monuments, so do not be surprised to see this.
Also be sure to check out the cool caves on the way up, (cave of Zues) for instance. They are labeled. This is not a very expensive activity but it does have a cost, I believe it was approximately 13 Euros, but there was a discount offered for students and seniors!
This is probably a must see thing in Athens as we all seen photographs of this building with columns and broken roof. There is also a nice view of the city once you made your way up the top. The same ticket is also good for the Theatre of Dionysos, Ancient Agora, and the Temple of Olympian Zeus and couple other places.
When we arrived at the hotel it was already pitch black, and after a quick freshen up we went out for a meal, and went up to the bar of the hotel when we got back which was on the top floor. When we got there, we were met by the most awe-inspiring scene i have ever witnessed. Sticking up from the lights of the city was the Acropolis, the site of the huge Parthenon, and one of the centers of ancient greek religion.
It wasnt until the second day we actualy went to the Acropolis, after a relaxed morning of shopping, we climbed up the steps to the acropolis. The crowds were massive at the entrance, and we waited a while before we actualy went in. Incase you went through all your drinks on the walk up, which wouldnt be that hard, there is a small kiosk that sells canned and bottled drinks, and it also sells disposable camera's, film rolls and memory cards for digital camera's.
The walk around the temples' was fantastic, and if you have the info you can roughly date each temple by the styles of columns, namely Doric, Ionic and Corinthian.
The Parthenon was obviously the focus of attention, and the previous day's debate over the Marbles continued.
We spent a couple of hours on the Acropolis, before returning to the hotel and boarding the coach to Delphi.
Actually, one of the world best known sites is ancient Acropolis in Athens, Greece. The UNESCO World Heritage site, "The Sacred Rock", an architectural masterpiece is the place that nobody who visits Greece cannot miss and forget after.