"On the Acropolis 1: the grooves" Athens Off The Beaten Path Tip by leics

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It is likely that you will be surrounded by hordes of others whilst visiting the Acropolis.

It is also likely that what yo see will be restricted by those hordes, and by the cordons placed around the extensive and ongoing restoration and reconstruction works. All of which makes it harder to get a 'feel' for the place as it once was.

But some little things, easy to miss, may help create an impression.

As you walk up to the Partthenon from the main entrance you will pass over some exposed areas of rock.Look closely and you will see that they have horiontal grooves cut into them............shallow now, and nearly worn completely away by the millions and millions of feet which have passed over them.

You are walking on part of the Panathenaic Way, the great processional route for the annula festival of Athena. The grooves were cut to provide footholds on the slippery rock and, once, there was a 10-metre high bronze statue of Athena (long destroyed).

Finding the grooves helps to underline the antiquity of the site. The cranes and builders and crowds only detract.

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  • Written Apr 11, 2009
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  • alza's Profile Photo
    Aug 18, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    Fantastic trip into history, the Panathenaic way!

    • leics's Profile Photo
      Aug 18, 2015 at 11:30 PM

      It's the grooves and worn steps which always get me (same in Pompeii & some other sites). They somehow underline the reality of the hundreds of thousands of real people who really did live in what are now ruins.


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