Monday, July 3, 2023

Climbing the Acropolis in Athens

Just to clarify, 
the Acropolis is the hill, 
the Parthenon sits on top. 

The view from the rooftop of The Acropolis Select Hotel.

The best time to go is off season,
first thing in the morning or later in the day.
Midday in season is a mob scene. 
From 11am-1pm do something else. 

The Parthenon

If you go in the early morning,
don't stop at any viewpoints. 
Go right to the top 
before the mob arrives.

The Erechtheion 

You'll need about an hour and a half to walk up,
enjoy your quiet time, and get your pictures.

The Erechtheion where the roof supported by six statues of maidens.
Note the legs-one is a leg, one is a column.

By the time I left it was already getting crowded. 

It took 8-9 years to build the Parthenon, 
the restoration is over 40 years ongoing. 

Then take your time heading back down 
and check out the views you passed on your way up. 

Theatre of Dionysus Eleuthereus

The Temple of Athena Nike
Restorations appear white compared to the original stones.

Odeon of Herodes Atticus. Ancient and new.
Restored in 1950.

Below the Acropolis across from the touristy restaurants, 
don't miss the Acropolis Museum which was built 
overtop an excavated village.

You can see this part of excavations near the entrance
without visiting the museum. 

The museum is modern in style 
compared to the ancient structures on the Acropolis.

Allow 2 or more hours here depending on your interest. 

Can you spot the restored areas? 
The color gives it away.

From the museum exit, 
there is a path and a gate to access 
more of the village under the museum. 
You need to show your ticket, 
so don't lose it.

Here you can see the supporting columns for the museum 
rising up from the forgotten village.

For information on visiting the museum, 
Here is information for visiting the Acropolis.

You can visit both in one morning. 
Take water and a snack 
or buy it on the street outside.
I wouldn't waste time with 
slow service in the cafeteria there.

There is tourist information 
and public restrooms
at the corner of Thrassillou Street on the south end.
Address: Dionysiou Areopagitou, Athina 105 58, Greece

1 comment:

DawnTreader said...

Never been to Greece, and not planning to, but interesting to see your photos - thanks :)