"Has To Done!" Acropolis Tip by johngayton

Acropolis, Athens: 178 reviews and 333 photos

  Parthenon
by johngayton
 
 

The Acropolis of Athens is not merely the archetypal image of the city, nor even of Greece as a country, but of the whole of Western Civilization. The present structures were built in the 5th century BC at the time when ancient Greek culture was at its zenith, when Pericles and others were introducing the principles of democracy to the world. Climbing the hill up to the main sites is a must do for anyone visiting Athens not just for the close up views of the ruins themselves but for the panoramic views of the chaotic city below.

The present day Acropolis is a building site and has been since 1975 when the present restoration project was begun and will continue well into the future but makes for a fascinating half day visit, best done in the morning or late afternoon to avoid the worst of both the crowds and the heat.

At the time of writing (Aug 2006) the entrance fee is 12 euros which covers the various sites including the museum but on winter Sundays and public holidays is free.

More to come hopefully on a travelog on my intro page.

Directions: City center, nearest Metro - Akropoli

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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