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Temple of Athena Nike
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Athens Private Walking Tour: Acropolis, Plaka and Food Tastings
Ranked #21 of 333 things to do in Athens
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Owner description: The earliest Ionic building on the Acropolis, this small temple of the goddess of victory depicts assemblies of the gods and Greek battles against the Barbarians and the Boeotians.
Reviewed 6 July 2014

The first time I visited The Temple of Athena Nike, I was just 15 years old. I was so impressed that I went on to major in Art History in college. On this particular day that I visited, which was on a Thursday, the Acropolis entrance was free. I would advise going early in the day. Later on, the heat is overwhelming. You can walk up there from the Plaka or you can take a trolly. I would suggest wearing comfortable shoes. This was my sixth visit to this Temple . My last visit was in September 1999. If you are walking up the steep path, take your time. Bring a bottle of water with you. The places to buy something to drink are expensive. Six euros for an orange drink! Also, stay on the path because there are bees and hornets everywhere.
Make sure you have your camera with you. These are photos you will take that you will appreciate for a lifetime.
The Temple of Athena Niki is under renovation. You will see the original marble!
Unfortunately, a lot of the original sculpture that was on the top section of this Temple was stolen by Lord Elgin of England in the 1800s. Actress Melina Meccouri, who was the Minister of Culture made a great effort to get these frescos back from the British Museum. She insisted on not referring to this sculptural façade as "the Lord Elgin Marbles" but rather the Acropolis Marbles. If you want to have an idea what the interior of the Temple of Athena Niki looked like you can find a replica on line . It is in Nashville, Tennessee. I highly recommend looking it up. There was a huge statue of Athens in gold.
The architects of this temple constructed it in such a manner that the steps and columns are shaped unevenly. This creates for the viewer, an optical illusion, making the marble columns and steps look even. A lot of the original marble came from the island of Paros.
You are no longer allowed to walk inside this Temple but you can walk around it and take all kinds of wonderful photos.
Make sure to visit the new Acropolis Museum down below.
Your trip to the Temple of Athena Niki( Niki means Victory) is an opportunity of a lifetime!

Thank baklavaqueen
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

A beautiful and awe-inspiring temple with amazing carvings on the Acropolis. Very interesting history and a guide brings it to life.

Thank Elizabeth A
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

located across from the Parthenon on the acropolis the history and the temple are a sight to see. take lots of pictures everything at the top of this mount is memorable.

Thank mama49
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

The cost of your Acropolis ticket includes visiting this temple. It really is a spectacular site / sight. Take the time to really appreciate it and what the area and its history has to offer.

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Reviewed 30 June 2014

Almost all the sites inside the Acropolis complex are great, 5 start attractions. This one is included in that list. If you can, be at the Acropolis when it opens at 8 am. I suggest you head straight to the Parthenon to avoid the "boat people"... the mass of humanity from the Cruise ships that start arriving after 9 am daily. From the Parthenon, work your way back wards. By doing this, you will have far fewer crowds. After you are done with the sites around the Parthenon, you can explore the Temple of Athena Nike and other sites.

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