This is by far one of the most historic sites we have ever seen. It is amazing. Plus, you can see for miles.
The Acropolis of Athens is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and Number One Cultural Attraction of Greece.
The Acropolis of Athens was the “Sacred Rock” in the old city of Athens [meaning of Acropolis: Ακρόπολις = Acron, άκρον (edge,summit) + Polis, πόλις (City)=the highest point of a city] , because on the top was the Parthenon Temple dedicated to the Goddess Athena Parthenos (Virgin), [(Goddess of Wisdom) and the patron of the City of Athens]. Parthenon was the peak of classic architecture and art and therefore the undisputable symbol of the emergence of western civilization [(It took 10 years to build by architects Ictinus & Callicrates, and 15 years to sculpt the decoration by sculptor Phidias]
Today’s existing structures on Acropolis were built on the 5th century B.C. (Before Christ) during the Golden Age of Athens under the reign of Pericles (Democratic Rule). The Acropolis now comprises mainly the Parthenon, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion, and the Propylaia.
The Acropolis of Athens is Number One Tourist Attraction of Greece, an UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must-visit and must-see attraction in Greece.
I have visited The Acropolis on the first Sunday of the Month November (free entrance on the first Sunday every month) and I will visit it again as I consider this as a pilgrimage to Antiquity (2500 years from the golden era of Pericles) admiring the peak of Ancient Greek Classical Art.
After reading reviews we decided to go 30 minutes before it actually opened. It turned out many other people had the same idea. Go to the left of it not the right. The right is buy the city it has only 2 entrance booths. The left one has 3 and many people don’t know about it. Also if you show up late don’t be afraid to take a tour guide up on their offer to skip the line for an extra $10-15. We bought a “tour” to skip the line then left right away start our journey on our own lol. Bring your camera the go pro took amazing shots! Bring water for sure and a hat if possible the sun is blazing hot and it reflects off of the marble. Not an easy trek for the elderly or young. Also please wear rubber sole shoes sneakers etc. we saw so many people slip and or fall. It took us about 2 hours. There’s also a guide you can download ahead of time that will actually talk to you about what your seeing which was really cool as well and spot on.
The Acropolis site is a must for anyone visiting Athens. Before visiting I was a bit ignorant to everything that is there but there is much more to the Acropolis than just the Parthenon. There are lots of areas to see and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus is particularly impressive. The site is well worth visiting and taking your time over to make sure you see all the different parts.
There was a lot more on the acropolis than we expected. There is even an ancient theatre built into the side, that is still in use today. There is also a water fountain on top that you can fill water bottles.
You must see it if you are there. Like most sites of "ruins" all the interesting bits are housed somewhere else in a museum. You need to visit the Acropolis Museum as well. Really a shame that some artifacts are housed in other museums around the world, including the British Museum.
Visited yesterday with my husband. Bit of a difficult climb for me as I'm very unfit but was able to take it in stages. Reduced ticket price €10pp) due to winter and very short ticket queue (only waited about 10 minutes). Amazing view from the top, well worth the climb. Good to see toilet facilities there as well. Lots of signs explaining the various sights, so useful if you don't have a guide. Worth seeing, especially if you're keen on visiting historical sites such as Rome, Pompeii, the Pyramids etc.
Surrounded by ancient history, a person can't help but be overwhelmed.
There is so much to see here. Be sure to have a guide or a good guidebook to explain all that is here.
I can't believe the condition of everything, and the fact that the amphitheater is still used today!
A can't miss place.
Incredible as it may seem, the construction of the Parthenon (according to ancient accounts) was begun in 447 BC and completed in 438 BC, which is a total of only 9 years. Let's consider they did not use hydraulic machinery or any such modern techniques to lift the blocks or create the beautifully fluted columns and artwork - yet for the last 25 years that I've been visiting Athens the reconstruction is still ongoing? LOL, I would love to own the company that has the scaffolding contract on that project! So, if you want to see a completed Parthenon why not go to Nashville in Tennessee USA where there is a full-scale replica of the glorious building (without scaffolding) built in only one year back 1897.
They rebuilt the Stoa of Atalos in the Agora and it is simply fantastic so why not build an exact replica of the Parthenon on the Acropolis out of the same marble from the same source and remove the crumbling original to a museum somewhere where the archaeologists can pore over which stone fits where from now and for as many years as it takes! What did I think of the Parthenon? In a word; 'Scaffolding'.
The site is under a permanent restoration - it has (almost) the same scaffolding as 17 years ago when I visited Athens for the first time. It is also full of hordes of tourists from every corner of the world. Nevertheless, the Acropolis remains one of the most inspirational places I have ever visited. Maybe because it's a birthplace of the entire Graeco-Roman civilization with its democracy, arts, education, concepts of human rights, etc. Or maybe because it generates a positive cosmic energy in my soul that stays with me for weeks and months. A "must visit" if you are in Athens!
The Acropolis & the Parthenon were as great as our greatest expectations. Awe inspiring. Only one problem, too many tourists like us. The magnificence of the buildings & the museum’s well done history of the Parthenon were fantastic. I had no idea of the history of the Parthenon’s structures & sculptures & what happened to them. After seeing the Louvre & the British Museum’s exhibits of the Parthenon’s treasures, I now wonder whether their they should be returned to Greece. However, numerous people will see treasures in London & Paris that they would not see because they couldn’t get to Athens. So what is the right answer? Still was a wonderful experience.