Acropolis - Greek parthenon
The Acropolis is right in the center of Athens and reaching it is quite easy. The routes that you may follow are very pleasant since the large avenues which border the south and west of the site, Apostolou Pavlou in Thission and Dionissiou Areopagitou in Makriyianni, have been turned into giant pedestrian streets with cafes and restaurants. You can also reach the Acropolis from Plaka and Monastiraki by walking uphill from wherever you are. This way you will find the Acropolis when you reach the top. You can´t miss it.
Since its apogee two and a half thousand years ago, the Acropolis of Athens has remained one of the world´s most venerated historical sites. The magnificent marble temples and civic buildings that grace the ancient sanctuary, renowned for the beauty of their proportions and their fine details, have been a constant inspiration for architecture and the fine arts.
The first thing that you see when you reach the top of the hill is the Propylaia, or the entrance of the monument designed by Mnesicles which was an architect. Moving on, you will have the opportunity to look at the Erechtheion, the temple of Athena Nike or the Parthenon and the Caryatids.
The Parthenon of Athens has probably received more attention from archaeologists, historians, architects, painters and poets than any other structure on earth. Words and photographs however, can offer but slight tribute to this extraordinary creation. Iktinos and Kallicrates were responsible for its construction and architectural refinements.
A visit to the Acropolis should definitely be accompanied by another one to the new Acropolis museum where some of the original sculptors that were found in Acropolis are presently housed in order to be protected against erosion. Copies of them have been placed to their former position so if you would like to see how the original ones looked like, the do pay a visit to the museum which is one of the most important museums of Athens and one of the most famous all over the world.
The new Acropolis museum opened its doors to the public in summer 2009 and it is located on the foot of Acropolis. It is considered to be a great architectural achievement and what makes it special is the fact that the visitors face the Parthenon no matter which side of the museum they are standing.
Don´t put off your visit in Acropolis because this monument is about to leave you speechless...