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Quick guide to visit the Acropolis of Athens

A visit to the Acropolis of Athens is reason enough to undertake a trip to the capital of Greece. This is the place where for many our civilization begins. And for that alone we must pay him the tribute of our visit. So don’t hesitate and, if you have the chance, travel to Athens and discover his Acropolis.

A little about the history of the Acropolis of Athens

Acropolis of Athens

Although this hill was occupied for millennia, the truth is that the fame of the place is due to what was built here in the days of Classical Greece. In fact, the Acropolis of Athens is the greatest exponent of the so-called “century of Pericles”in honor of the ruler who led the Hellenic culture to its maximum splendor.

That happened in the fifth century before Christ. It was then that his most emblematic buildings were built. Today, 2,500 years later, those same monuments, although in ruins, continue to star in the visit to the Acropolis of Athens.

 

“Happiness is in freedom, and freedom in courage.”

-Pericles-

How to visit the Athenian Acropolis

This visit can begin in two places. The main entrance directly communicates us with the Propylaea, the monumental classical portico. The secondary entrance will make us go up the hill until we reach the Propylaea themselves, but in return it provides us with views of other noteworthy places. Finally, let’s start the visit:

The Propylaea

Propylaea on the Acropolis

Already in classical times the Propylaea were conceived as the most spectacular possible entrance to the Acropolis of Athens. It is a staircase covered with porticoes that anticipates what awaits us at the top of the hill.

Yes ok, I must say that they never ended according to the original project, since its cost and various wars prevented its completion.

The temple of Athena Nike

Temple of Athena Nike

In the highest part of the Propylaea rises one of the jewels of the Athenian Acropolis. It is a small Ionic temple dedicated to the goddess Athena Nike.Victorious Athena. And it is that she rose to honor that deity after the victory of Athens in the battle of Salamis. By the way, look at the similarity between the name of the goddess and the name of the city.

The Parthenon

athens parthenon

The next thing we see is the esplanade of the Acropolis of Athens and on it, to our right, what was the great temple of Parthenon. A place that, even today being an immense ruin, is overwhelming due to its monumentality and all the sensations it transmits.

When you visit it, forget about the scaffolding or fallen stones. Do an exercise of imagination and try to put it back together mentally… Already? Impressive. It is a Doric order temple whose proportions are the maximum representation of harmony. Too bad this temple has been bombed, converted into a warehouse or looted for millennia.

the erechtheion

Caryatids in the Erechtheion

On the same esplanade as the Parthenon stands another of the treasures of the Acropolis of Athens. The Erechtheion. Another Ionian templelate 5th century BC

Over there its porch will catch your attention, where the columns have become figures of women. They are the caryatids, and the ones you see outdoors are exact replicas of the originals, which are protected from vandals and inclement weather in the New Acropolis Museum.

Theater of Dionysus

Theater of Dionysus

So far the most famous of the Acropolis of Athens. But on the slopes of the hill there are also things to see. For example, this Theater of Dionysus. Almost 20,000 people could fit in its stands who attended the performances of the most successful authors of Classical Greece. Authors like Aristophanes or Sophocles.

Odeon of Herodes Atticus

Odeon of Herodes Atticus

The Odeon of Herodes Atticus is linked to the Dionysus Theater through the arcaded passageway called the Stoa of Eumenes. The Odeon is the most modern of the Acropolis of Athenssince it was built in the 2nd century BC More than 2,000 years ago, and yet it continues to host performances inside.

By the way, to access here you can use the secondary entrance which, as we have already told you, was also of interest. Because in reality, speaking of the Acropolis of Athens everything, absolutely everything, is interesting and suggestive. Especially for history lovers. But in general for anyone with a little imagination.

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