"The Propylaea" Acropolis - Propylaea Tip by Pieter11

Acropolis - Propylaea, Athens: 21 reviews and 39 photos

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  • Propylaea - Athens
    by Pieter11
  • Propylaea - Athens
    by Pieter11

The Propylaea is the monumental gateway to the Acropolis. Translated litterly from ancient Greek, it means "front-gates".

This gate was built in order of the Athenian leader Pericles, as a respond to the devastations during the Persian Wars. The architect Mnesicles designed a gateway made out of white marble, with a stoa at each side of the central gates. At the left side you´ll find the Pinacotheke, named so because there were found a lot of great painting in this wing. At the other side you´ll find the temple of Athena Nike.

Due to the start of the Penoponnesian War in 431 B.C. the Propylaea has never been finished. It survived the Latin and Byzantian time and in the Latin time it served as a palace for a the Duke of Athens. In 1656 the building was damages severely due to an explosion of a powder magazine (the Acroplois was used as storage space back then).

Today the Propylaea have been restorated for a big part, but the work will continue for years. It is still used as the main entrance for the thousends of tourists that visit the Acropolis every year. Climbing the steps, going in through the central gate and entering the Sacred Way that leads to the Parthenon.

Directions: City center

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  • Written May 22, 2005
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