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  • Address: Attiki, Athens, Greece
  • Hours: Daily 8am-7pm (to 5 pm in winter)
  • Admission: Adults €12
The Acropolis (Akropolis) means "city on a hill" and dates from the 5th century BC. Dominated by its main temple, the Parthenon, the Acropolis can be seen from all around the city of Athens. In 510 BC, the Delphic Oracle told Pericles that this hill should be a place to worship the gods, so he set about an ambitious building project which took half a century and employed both Athenians and foreigners. It reflects the wealth and power of Greece at the height of its cultural and influence.

Notable structures within the Acropolis include the Temple of Athena Nike, the earliest fully Ionic temple on the site, built between 427 and 424 BC.

Even now, the Classical architecture of the temples influences the building styles of our modern cities. But the thick pollution of Athens has taken its toll on the gleaming white marble of which the temples are made, as have souvenir-hunters, including the British Government, which still has the famous Elgin Marbles (a frieze from the Parthenon) in the British Museum. These days, the area is heavily protected, undergoing restoration, and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Practical Info

The nearest underground train station is Akropoli. Entry to the Acropolis is via Dionysiou (Dionyssiou) Areopagitou or Theorias, Anafiotika. Wear sensible shoes because the ground can be uneven. In summer, it gets very hot up on the Acropolis so take a bottle of water.

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