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Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis of Athens

Acropolis of Athens

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Dionysiou Areopagitou Street, Athens 105 58 Greece
+30 210 321 4172
http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/404
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Presiding over the city of Athens, the Acropolis is the symbol of Greece and its mythology. The hilltop fortress of classical Greek buildings was one of many acropoleis, but with its spectacular ... Read more
edifices and location overlooking the important city since the 5th century BC, it held a religious importance not seen anywhere else in Greece. It was transcribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987. Following victory against the Persians and the establishment of democracy, Athens took a leading position amongst the other city-states of the ancient world. In the age that followed, an exceptional group of artists put into effect the ambitious plans of Athenian statesman Pericles and, under the inspired guidance of the sculptor Pheidias, transformed the rocky hill into a unique monument of thought and the arts. The most important monuments were built during that time: the Parthenon, built by Ictinus, the Erechtheon, the Propylaea, the monumental entrance to the Acropolis, designed by Mnesicles and the small temple Athena Nike.

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Menlo Park

A must sea in Athens. It is an amazing historical monument and definitely worth seeing. Very impressive.

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Dallas

The Parthenon and Ancient Acropolis were on my mom’s bucket list—we finally made it happen! The views from up there are breathtaking, as is are the Parthenon and Erechtheion. We did the 30 euro combo ticket, which got us into 7 of the other big ticket historic sites in Athens, well worth it if you’re wanting to see more than just the Parthenon. Tour groups mob the hill from about 10am onward. So if you want to experience it largely by yourself—arrive when it opens, or go late in the afternoon. It is a steep slope to get to the top, so take water and wear sturdy walking shoes.

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Vancouver

It is incredible that such an ancient building can be found so high up, overlooking the entire city of Athens, the Acropolis complex is amazing. Just remember, to see the rest of it, you will need to go to the British Museum in London.

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Atlanta

I loved exploring the Acropolis, but there’s definitely a right and a wrong way to do it. Here are my tips: GO EARLY! Go as early as you can, buy your tickets at the south slope entrance and start your tour here, use the Rick Steves Europe app and download his Athens tours, make sure to bring your headphones so you can listen to the Acropolis tour! The app and the tours are 100% free and are so informative. Rick will tell you where to go so you won’t get lost. It’s seriously the best option to see the Acropolis without getting stuck in one of those massive tour groups where you can’t hear. Going early will ensure you are there at the coolest part of the day and there will be less crowds. Enjoy your time there!

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Whitefield

breathtaking place, amazing atmosphere, reasonable price, although I didnt like one thing - I have been there twice (after 6 years) and there has always been reconstruction.

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Wellesley

Amazing views of the city and an amazing opportunity to come into contact with the architecture and religion of the Ancient Greeks. Stop by the Acropolis Museum after to see the real Caryatids and the Parthenon frieze and pediments on display. Early morning and later afternoon are good times to go to avoid large crowds.

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Edinburgh

What else can you add about this place? It is simply a must for anybody. Go to see the sunset if possible.

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Redondo Beach

Seen from everywhere around Athens, the Acropolis is a must visit to get a sense of the history of this city and country and everything surrounding it.

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Platistomo

The Acropolis of Athens (Ancient Greek: Ἀκρόπολις, tr. Akrópolis;[1] Modern Greek: Ακρόπολη Αθηνών, tr. Akrópoli Athenón [aˈkropoli aθiˈnon]) is an ancient citadel located on an extremely rocky outcrop above the city of Athens and contains the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance, the most famous being the Parthenon. The word acropolis comes from the Greek words ἄκρον (akron, "highest point, extremity") and πόλις (polis, "city").[2] 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.

While there is evidence that the hill was inhabited as far back as the fourth millennium BC, it was Pericles (c. 495 – 429 BC) in the fifth century BC who coordinated the construction of the site's most important buildings including the Parthenon, the Propylaia, the Erechtheion and the Temple of Athena Nike.[3][4] The Parthenon and the other buildings were seriously damaged during the 1687 siege by the Venetians in the Morean War when gunpowder being stored in the Parthenon was hit by a cannonball and exploded.[5]

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Lago Vista

Tres bien pour promenade avec la famille. Great llace tlo visit with all the family

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Menlo Park

The original democracy and one of the first empires of Europe, the acropolis of Athens gives a glimpse of Ancient Greek civilization from over 2500 years ago. It is a UNESCO world heritage site (apparently along with virtually everything else on the planet) but worth a visit if in Athens.

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Redwood City

Be sure to get here early as this place gets hot and packed with tourists by 10am. Plenty to see, so close to the city, but constantly under renovation

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Marsaxlokk

The Acropolis is an ancient citadel perched high on top of the city of Athens. It is a magnificent collection of remains of marble buildings of historical importance. Amongst them the Parthenon stands most majestically. One wonders how the builders managed this great feat without any of the tools and machinery available today!

This site is a must visit for any traveler visiting Athens. Comfortable shoes with non slip soles are recommended.

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Local from Athens

The Acropolis of Athens is an ancient citadel located on an extremely rocky outcrop above the city of Athens and contains the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance, the most famous being the Parthenon.
The Acropolis of Athens and its monuments are universal symbols of the classical spirit and civilization and form the greatest architectural and artistic complex bequeathed by Greek Antiquity to the world. In the second half of the fifth century bc, Athens, following the victory against the Persians and the establishment of democracy, took a leading position amongst the other city-states of the ancient world. In the age that followed, as thought and art flourished, an exceptional group of artists put into effect the ambitious plans of Athenian statesman Pericles and, under the inspired guidance of the sculptor Pheidias, transformed the rocky hill into a unique monument of thought and the arts. The most important monuments were built during that time: the Parthenon, built by Ictinus, the Erechtheon, the Propylaea, the monumental entrance to the Acropolis, designed by Mnesicles and the small temple Athena Nike.

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The Hague

Amazing! Go climb up the hill and watch the hystory of Athens! Go early when in summer.

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Glasgow

A must-see sight in Athens of course but be ready to spend the day with thousands of other people. Try to arrive earlier in the morning if you can and go straight to the Parthenon as it should be quieter. Leave the northern slope until afterwards as it is much quieter. The views across Athens are amazing and the chance to see such an iconic building up close is fantastic. When exiting the Parthenon head across the path to a rocky outcrop for some great views back.

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Platistomo

Acropolis, the site of four of the greatest masterpieces of classical Greek art – the Parthenon, the Propylaea, the Erectheum and the Temple of Athena Nike can be seen as symbolizing the idea of world

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Burns

Amazing and breathtaking place - well worth the visit and makes for fantastic photo ops..though it was pretty crowded when I went.

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Acropolis is so beautiful. It also has a spontaneous view , where you can see the whole city. The museum of Acropolis is breathtaking. So many things to learn, and of coutse in the last floor you can enjoy a nice cup of coffee !

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Jilin

The most famous spots in Athens, it leaves tourists a sense of history with the relic of Ancient Greek

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