The capital of Greece allows tourists to pamper themselves with shopping in the Plaka area, spend time with the whole family at the zoo, explore the picturesque surroundings from Mount Lycabettus, immerse themselves in the nightlife, especially in the Psiri and Kolonaki areas ...
Despite the fact that this Athenian symbol is located on the Acropolis, it deserves a separate mention. The temple dedicated to Athena was built under the supervision of the sculptor Phidias, who created many sculptural compositions. And the uniqueness of the building lies in the fact that its marble columns are located in relation to each other at a certain angle, which allows viewers to see the facade of the Parthenon from three sides at once. Today the Parthenon is dilapidated, but this does not prevent crowds of tourists from gathering around it..
Acropolis of Athens
The Acropolis is the main symbol of Athens, which pleases guests with the presence of an observation deck in its eastern part (in the morning they raise the national flag of Greece, and at sunset they lower it) - from a hill over 150 m high, you will be able to see many attractions of Athens, in particular, the area Plaka, Temple of Zeus and Mount Lycabettus.
On the territory of the Acropolis, travelers will find many objects to explore, among which the following stand out:
- Erechtheion: the temple, built according to the canons of the Ionic order, has an asymmetrical original layout; to this day, the best preserved portico of Pandroseion (north side).
- Temple of Niki Apteros: to examine the fragments of its sculptural friezes, you should go to the Acropolis Museum (now the temple is decorated with copies of them). And since the temple (Ionic style) was restored, it is quite well preserved, which cannot but delight those wishing to admire it.
- Odeon of Herodes Atticus: almost the entire structure of the semicircular amphitheater has survived to this day (with the exception of the scenery and the roof), and in May-October the Athens Festival is held here, accompanied by concerts and theatrical performances.
- Propylaea: they were built using gray and white marble; they are represented by 6 Doric columns, 5 gates, a central corridor and adjoining wings (renovated in 2009).
Since the New Museum is located at the foot of the Acropolis, you should definitely look there (guests are shown at least 4,000 exhibits; 6 permanent exhibitions are open).
Address: Acropolis; the ticket price is 12 euros; website: www.odysseus.culture.gr
It should be noted that on the eve of New Year's holidays, the Athenian Acropolis pampers travelers with an interesting festive program presented in the form of music concerts, tasting of local dishes, thematic presentations for adults, various performances and master classes for children..