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“Walk into ancient history!”

Acropolis Restaurant Cafe
Ranked #728 of 2,493 Restaurants in Athens
Cuisines: Greek
Neighbourhood: Thissio / Makriyanni
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Neighbourhood: Thissio / Makriyanni
Reviewed 4 July 2014

Seeing it is the only way to understand what we studied in school.
And please go to the Acropolis Museum, too so that you can get a true sense of this historic treasure.

Thank ruth b
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

The Acropolis, of course, is a must-see when visiting Athens. But don't forget about all the things sourrounding it like the Dionysos theatre. Avoiding the groups of coach-tourists it is probably best to enter the premises via the entrace near the Acropolis museum.

The ticket price may seem rather high, but the ticket is valid four days in a row. It also gives you access to the Agora, the Kerameikos and the Olympeion. If you want to return to Nike temple for sunset, here you go.

Before you start, be ware that you will not be allowed to carry food or any liquid other than water into the Acropolis. The Greek are rather strict about this rule and it is for sure a good idea to respect their feelings. Note that the only toilet is located near the main entrance.

Slowly, you will approach the Acropolis hill passing through a nice park. Climbing higher stay a while at the Dionysos theatre. Later, when uphill, compare the view from the top with that from the ground level. Amazing what these guys were able to create back then.

There are many smaller buildings and temples on your way up and staying some minutes at one or another not only allows you discovering things you would have overlooked. You will also be less exhausted when reaching the Acropolis hill in the heat of Athens.

When finally reaching the entrance to the actual Acropolis take a moment and let the impression of the building rest upon you. Think what people 2'400 years ago will have thought.

The stairs up are rather steep and very slippery. There are but a few handles so be careful, even more when getting back down again. Inside the holy district, just take a walk and enjoy. There are lots of things to see from here. The temples, the surrounding hills, the sheer mass of small white houses covering the whole Athens metropolitan area down to Piraeus and, of course, all the places you already visited in the city from above the steep walls.

Imagine how the temples were placed to impress people worshipping their gods (and imagine how small the city was back then compared to the size of the Acropolis), how the Franks have turned the place into a fortress and the Parthenon into a church, and how the Turks transformed it into a mosque. The Acropolis can provide you with many images and imaginations.

Leaving the Acropolis you can either return the way you came. A better idea is to leave through the Beulé Gate, head North and reach the Anafiotika quarter after a short walk. Don't forget to look back from time to time and discover the Acropolis from different perspectives - but no worries, you will get these views also when just walking through the city. And if you think you missed some temple or want to enjoy the same view again, remember that your ticket is valid for several days.

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Reviewed 8 June 2014

This is true history. 2500 years ago this was the height of civilization. Built in a commanding location with tremendous views in all directions. This is truly an amazing place to start understanding the influence of Athenian culture, philosophy and history plays in the development of the human race.

Thank Paul L
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

Covered in scaffolding but the most iconic Greek building that every visitor must see. There are also lots of other ancient sights on the Accropolis Hill that are well worth exploring. Plenty of climbing but ba great experience. View of Accropolis at night is wonderful

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Reviewed 2 June 2014

Was awed by the history and view from the acropolis.wear your walking shoes, as the surface can be rough and uneasy. We got some great photos from the top, and view of the whole Attica area was Amazing.

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