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"The Propylaea" Acropolis - Propylaea Tip by viddra

Acropolis - Propylaea, Athens: 20 reviews and 36 photos

  the grand ancient gateway
by viddra
  • the grand ancient gateway - Athens
      the grand ancient gateway
    by viddra
  • The Propylaea - Athens
  • The Propylaea - Athens
  • The Propylaea - Athens
  • The Propylaea - Athens

This is the monumental entrance to the temple (therefore the name) that people usually just pass through, without stopping, on their way to the Parthenon.

It was completed in 432 just before the outbreak of the Peloponnesian wars, following the designs of Mnesicles, Phidias's colleague.

To the left is the Pinacotheca (the gallery of paintings) that got that name because it used to be decorated with beautiful paintings. To the right is the small Temple of Athena Nike (Athena of Victory) which commemorates the Athenian victory over the Persians.

Directions: City centre

Review Helpfulness: 2 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 22, 2005
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