"Akropolis" Acropolis Tip by mvtouring

Acropolis, Athens: 179 reviews and 334 photos


A survivor of war, the vagaries of religious change, and other hazards, the monumental Acropolis remains an emblem of the glories of classical Greek civilization. Even in its bleached and silent state, the Parthenon -- the great Panathenaic temple that crowns the Akropolis (to use the Greek spelling), the tablelike hill that represented the "upper city" of ancient Athens -- has the power to stir the heart as few other ancient relics can. foundations for a grand new temple honoring the city's patron, the goddess Athena, were laid after the victory at Marathon in 490 BC but were destroyed by Persians in 480-79 BC. After a 30-year building moratorium, ended by the peace treaty at Susa in 448 BC, Pericles undertook the ambitious project of reconstructing it on a monumental scale.

Directions: City center

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  • Written May 7, 2004
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