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  • Address: Attiki, Athens, Greece
  • Hours: Open daily 8am - 5pm (until 7:30pm in Summer)
  • Admission: Acropolis admission: € 12

The Parthenon (Parthenonas), one of the world's most famous buildings, represents a high point in ancient Greek architecture. Built around 440 BC, the Parthenon's classical architecture has influenced buildings ever since - and still does today.

Built for worship of the goddess Athena, it was to give thanks for the salvation of Athens and Greece in the Persian Wars. Officially it is called the Temple of Athena the Virgin; the name Parthenon comes from the Greek word for virgin.

In the 2,500 years of its existence, the building has been a temple, a treasury, a fortress, and a mosque; in the 6th century AD the Parthenon became a Christian church, with the addition of an apse at the east end. Today it is one of the world's leading tourist attractions.

Built of Pentelic white marble, the Parthenon is famous for its classical Doric columns and decorating sculptural friezes which depict scenes of battle and history in marble. Some of these, known as the Elgin Marbles, are in the British Museum and there is fierce debate about whether they should be returned to Greece.

Practical Info

The nearest underground train station is Akropoli. The Parthenon is the largest temple on the Acropolis, and entry to the Acropolis is via Dionysiou Areopagitou or Theorias, Anafiotika

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Full-Day Tour of Athens, Acropolis and Cape Sounion with Lunch, Athens, null
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Full-Day Tour of Athens, Acropolis and Cape Sounion with Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

The striking contrast between breathtaking monuments of a glorious past and modern elegant structures is what you will enjoy during your tour of Athens. Visit ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $129.77
Private Tour: Half day Athens Sightseeing and Acropolis Museum, Athens, Full-day Tours
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Private Tour: Half day Athens Sightseeing and Acropolis Museum

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Take a private tour of the ancient city of Athens with a personal guide. You will visit the Acropolis, icon of Athens perched on its plateau, and walk to ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $102.88
Private Tour: Highlights of Athens with Acropolis of Athens and Lunch, Athens, Private Sightseeing ... 
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Private Tour: Highlights of Athens with Acropolis of Athens and Lunch

Explore Athens with a private guide on a 6 hour tour and discover the UNESCO listed Acropolis of Athens, Temple of Zeus, Panathenian Stadium and more! After ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $171.47
Athens Highlights: a Mythological Tour, Athens, Ancient Rome Tours
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Athens Highlights: a Mythological Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 193 Reviews

History & Myth meet in Athens! Discover the greatest landmarks of Athens & their surrounding myths! Enjoy a unique mythological tour, suitable for all ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.58
Historical Athens and Acropolis of Athens Walking Tour, Athens, Walking Tours
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Historical Athens and Acropolis of Athens Walking Tour

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Unearth the wonders of Ancient Greece with this 3-hour walking tour of the Acropolis of Athens and the city’s key historical sights. See the Greek Parliament, ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $43.44
Athens Private Small Group Full Day, Athens, Walking Tours
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Athens Private Small Group Full Day

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Explore 4,000 years of Greek civilization on this private 8-hour small-group tour of Athens. Visit top Athens attractions including the Odeon of Herodes ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $40.01
Half-Day Private Taxi Service: Historical Athens City Tour, Athens, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Half-Day Private Taxi Service: Historical Athens City Tour

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Tour in the heart of Athens. Visit the Acropolis, Temple of Zeus, Greek parliament, Panathenaic Stadium and many more with your 4-hour private taxi and ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $51.44
Skip the Line: Acropolis Ancient Agora and Attalos Museum Small Group Tour, Athens, Historical & ... 
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Skip the Line: Acropolis Ancient Agora and Attalos Museum Small Group Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

The perfect combination tour for history buffs, including a visit to the Acropolis and all its famous monuments, as well as to the fascinating Ancient Agora ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $56.01
Acropolis and City tour and the Ancient Agora and the Attalos Museum, Athens, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Acropolis and City tour and the Ancient Agora and the Attalos Museum

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 30 Reviews

The perfect combination tour including an Athens City tour, a visit to the Acropolis & all its famous monuments, as well as to the fascinating Ancient ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $61.73
Sweet Bites and Sights Acropolis and Plaka, Athens, Cultural Tours
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Sweet Bites and Sights Acropolis and Plaka

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 28 Reviews

You are a restless foodie but you don't want to miss the Acropolis or an exciting stroll through the Athens old town “the Plaka”? Then this is the ideal tour ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.30

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