Acropolis, Athens
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache
N 37° 58.282 E 023° 43.583
34S E 739484 N 4206145
Quick Description: The Acropolis is the site of four of the greatest masterpieces of classical Greek art – the Parthenon, the Propylaea, the Erechtheum and the Temple of Athena Nike.
Location: Greece
Date Posted: 3/17/2006 2:48:54 PM
Waymark Code: WM93Q
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache
Views: 198

Long Description:
The Acropolis is located on a hill overlooking downtown Athens. The most famous monument on the Acropolis is the Parthenon, a temple built by the ancient Greeks and dedicated to the goddess Athena.

It's an easy walk to the Acropolis from the center of Athens. If you start your walk near the Syntagma Square (N37 58.524 E23 44.132), where many hotels are located, and which is next to the parliament building and the national garden, and which can also be reached by subway, you can go first to the Temple of Olympian Zeus (N37 58.197 E23 43.980). Here you can purchase a combined entrance ticket valid for this temple as well as the other major sites on and around the Acropolis. This ticket cost €12.00 in early 2006.

From the Temple of Olympian Zeus walk west to the Theatre of Dionyssos and the Theatre of Herodes Attikus along the South slope of the Acropolis. Then climb the remaining way to the top of the Acropolis to see the Propylaea (entrance), Parthenon and the Erechtheum. As of early 2006, it appears the Temple of Athena Nike is closed for repairs. There is a very interesting and not too large museum on the Acropolis which displays many of the sculptures that used to adorn the Parthenon.

The Pantheon currently looks like a construction site due to instensive restoration activities. However, this does not detract too much from the experience and shouldn't put anyone off from a visit.

There are many restaurants and cafes on the west side of the Agora (N37 58.473 E23 43.214) which make a good lunch stop.

Then stroll over to the Agora on the north side of the Acropolis. Those who have visited the Roman Forum in Rome will see some similarities with the Agora. It was the ancient Athenian marketplace. Here you can see the very beautiful and mostly intact Temple of Hyphaestus. From there you can got to the Stoa of Attalos which houses another interesting exhibit of artifacts found while excavating the Agora.

From the Agora you can explore the Plaka, the oldest part of Athens.

The tour takes the better part of a morning and afternoon.

Tip : The subway ride from the Airport to the city center was €6.00 in early 2006. A taxi ride is €30.00 on average.
Type: Site

Reference number: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/404

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