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Ancient Ruin, Historical Site, Architecture

The Acropolis is one of the classical monuments in Athens that have defined its cityscape. Acropolis refers to a group of ancient Greek buildings lying at a slight height in the ancient city of Athens. The word Acropolis means “high city” and the Athenians made it sure to embellish their highest point with emblems of civilization. The monuments of this area, built sometime in the 5th century BC have gone on to become inspirations for architects from around the world. Even today the Corinthian columns and the facades of several monuments of the Acropolis are replicated for official buildings

Acropolis

Ancient Ruin, Historical Site, Architecture

The Parthenon is undoubtedly one of the most iconic structures in the Acropolis. It was built as a temple. The columns of the building surround the inner sanctum. This lovely piece of architecture was a tribute to the goddess Athena, after whom the city of Athens has been named.

Parthenon

Museum, History Museum, Sculpture

The Acropolis museum is perhaps the most visited museums in Athens. The museum is both informative as well as important from the collection point of view. It has several historic artifacts from the ancient buildings you will get to see in the Acropolis.Beautiful sculptures and broken pieces of architecture adorn the place. Moreover, you will be able to learn a lot more about the secrets of these temples and structures. The mythology related to the gods after whom the places have been named has also been displayed here. Since it is all arranged according to the time periods, you will also get a good idea of exactly how the events in history make sense to us today

Acropolis Museum

Ancient Ruin, Historical Site, Architecture

Another testament to the astonishing architecture of the Ancient Greeks, the Erechtheion was built as a supplementary temple to the Parthenon in 420 BC. What strikes the visitor regarding its structure is its facade which consists of pillars built in the shape of women. At the time when this temple was built, the eastern part of it was dedicated to Athena, whilst the western part was dedicated to local hero Boutes, Hephaistos and other gods and heroes. Housing the older and newer cults, this temple became a unique structure in itself. This temple also houses the site of the ‘Sacred Tokens’, the marks made by Poseidon’s trident and the olive tree, the gift of Athena to the city of Athens.

Erechtheion

Ancient Ruin, Historical Site, Theatre, Architecture

The Theatre of Dionysus may be a ruin but what a gorgeous ruin that is. The place in its hay days could accommodate a whopping 17000 residents of old Grecia. One of the oldest ones that have seen the light of day, the theatre was said to be the most prestigious in ancient times. Greece has been known as the motherland of drama as an art form. The Dionysus theatre was built at the time when ‘drama’ or ‘theatre’ was taking its nascent shape

Theatre Of Dionysus

Monument

Temple of Athena Nike is in many ways the amalgamation of two different phases of history. The building stands for victory and was built for Athena in her victorious manifestation. A beautiful ode to her in white marble, the temple has well-preserved columns that render it an astonishing grace. It is hard to imagine that the monument was built so long ago.

Temple Of Athena Nike

Museum, Cafe, Souvenir Shop

Plaka is a lovely old-town-like area close to the city of Athens. This wonderful neighbor of Acropolis is known for offering lovely strolls across its narrow lanes, replete with an innate Greek charm. The old houses (not as old as ancient Greece of course) with the charm of an era gone by will make you see Athens in a very new light. Must see here are the quaint cafes that offer you the Greek cuisine at its bes

Plaka

Museum

Being such a historic city, there is a lot to see in the National Archeological Museum of Athens. If you are in Athens and want to know more about the glorious days of Greek civilization, the Roman period, Persian invasion and many more events that make up the lively history of Greece visit this place. You will be able to see all this through the well-preserved trinkets and artifacts from each era. The National Archaeological museum inspires awe for being the largest museum in Athens devoted to ancient Greek art

National Archaeological Museum

View Point, Hill

Lykavittos Hill in Greece is a lovely vantage point a top Athens to gaze at the city from. The green and lovely hill is very popular with the locals and is slowly gaining popularity with the tourists as well, thanks to the amazing panoramic views of the ancient city

Lykavittos Hill

Stadium, Historical Site, Heritage Building

Constructed in 4th Century B. C, the Panthenaic Stadium is reclaimed to have hosted some of the most significant events in Athens. With a series of reconstructions since then, this stadium has become one of the best preserved stadiums from ancient Greece. Today, it can be utilized as a proper stadium in the city. This wonderful marble structure is certainly one of the must-see sights in Athens

Panathenaic Stadium

Walking Area, Entertainment, Leisure, Square

The Syntagma Square is perhaps the most important place in the city of Athens. This central square is the focal point of transport as well as all public activities in Athens. It is a meeting point as well as a place where many a protests have taken place. This makes the whole area a historic and a cultural hub in the city.

Syntagma Square

Historical Site, Architecture

The Arch of Hadrian was erected in honour of the Roman emperor Hadrian sometime during the 131/132 A.D. An inscription on the western side of the arch states, ‘This is Athens, the ancient city of Theseus.’ An inscription on the eastern side of the arch states, ‘This is the city of Hadrian and not of Theseus’. Thus, the Arch of Hadrian was built in such a way that it acted as a partition or boundary between old Athens and new Athens

Arch Of Hadrian

Art And Culture

The Benaki Muesum is close to Syntagma square and is a well-known museum in Athens. The city boasts of a rich and vibrant history and the Benaki Museum does a brilliant job of highlighting the same.

Over a 40,000 items of various kinds have been displayed beautifully at the Benaki Museum. From guns to Greek busts, the permanent collection has a fascinating array of interesting objects to see. The various exhibits include prehistoric and ancient Greek art, Byzantine artifacts, heirlooms and Hellenic art as well. Various pieces of clothing, jewellery, paintings and other decorative objects will surely keep you engaged for hours.

Benaki Museum

Garden

The National Gardens Athens in Greece are a wonderful hang out spot as well as a meeting point for the locals. It located near Syntagma metro station and right next to the Greek parliament. Tourists will appreciate the lovely landscaping and the shady trees after a tiring day of sightseeing

National Gardens

Temple, Ancient Ruin, Historical Site, Architecture

The Columns of Olympian Zeus or the temple of Zeus is a structure that represents the magnificence of ancient Greece but lies in a state of decadence today. What used to be perhaps the largest temple in Greece now remains as a few odd columns. This doesn’t make it any less beautiful to see though

Temple Of Olympian Zeus

Landmark, Architecture , Heritage Building

The Parliament of Athens is an important site to the modern political city of Athens. Greece was where democracy began and this is the place that carries that torch today. The change of guard ceremony that takes place here every hour is an important tourist attraction.

The building was constructed in the 1800s and has a neoclassical feel to it. Although you cannot enter the building it is worthwhile to see it from the outside while visiting Syntagma square. The architecture belongs to a period that is not often associated with Greece so it is an interesting sight to see.

Parliament

Architecture

The Academy of Athens is another interesting sight to see in the city. The building of the academy, even though built in the modern area, reflects the glory of ancient Greece beautifully. The main building is intricately decorated with Corinthian columns and a marble roof.

If you want to get an idea of what the ancient Greece might have looked like in its glorious days this place is a lovely example of it. Make sure to check out the construction of the building in detail if you are an art lover or want to know more about the Grecian style

Academy Of Athens

History Museum, Architecture , Heritage Building

This lovely museum stands in what is called the Old Parliament house in Athens. The building itself is quite impressive and interesting to see. It used to house the Greek parliament in the late 1800s. And before that it was the Old Royal Palace. Due to this regal heritage, the architecture of the building is definitely an interesting sight

National Historical Museum

Ancient Ruin, Cemetery

The Kerameikos Cemetery is another remarkable thing to see in the Acropolis area of Athens. The cemetery is home to several graves from the ancient era. In spring, the flowers grow in the wild grass around the stone tombs making it a somber and yet beautiful sight to see.

The ruins also have many sculptures and lovely engravings on them. Notably, Pythagoras, the Mathematician was buried here. It is a pretty big area, so expect a lot to see and explore. The Pompeion and the Dipylon are two attention-grabbing buildings worth seeing

Kerameikos Cemetery

Historical Site, Architecture

The Roman Agora to the North of the Acropolis is an interesting place to visit in Athens. The building has a spacious courtyard with ionic columns which were typical of that era. For a while, this place served as the main market of Caesar and Augustus. To validate this there is an inscription (IG II2 3174) on the architrave of the monumental Gate of Athena Archegetis (“Athena the Leader”)which tells us that Julius Caesar and Augustus provided the funds for its construction in the 1st century B.C. Although partly in ruins, much of the structures can still be seen here

Roman Agora

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