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  • Address: Athens Acropolis, Athens, Greece
  • Hours: April–Oct: Mon 11am–7:30pm; Tues–Sun 8am–7:30pm; Nov–March daily 8:30am–3pm
  • Admission: Adult €20, Child €10
The star of Athens postcards and arguably the most impressive of all the city’s ancient ruins, the mighty Parthenon stands proud atop the sacred rock of Acropolis, high above the modern city. Built between 447 and 432 BC, the temple was dedicated to Greek goddess Athena and originally housed her cult image, a giant ivory and gold-plated statue by Fidias.

Today, the painstakingly restored temple is a striking reminder of the glory of Ancient Greece and draws more than 2 million annual visitors to admire its grand marble façade, classic Doric columns, and elaborate sculptural friezes. The Parthenon is not only an architectural wonder, but a fascinating chronicle of Athens’ history, serving as a treasury, fortress, mosque, and church over the course of its 2,500 years of existence.

The best way to visit the Parthenon is on a walking tour of the Acropolis, including neighboring ruins such as the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, and the Erechtheion. First-time visitors to Athens can also combine a visit with a city sightseeing tour; a half-day trip to the Temple of Poseidon and Cape Sounion; or even a food tasting tour of the city. History buffs can tack on a tour of the Ancient Agora or a visit to the New Acropolis Museum.

Practical Info

The Parthenon is located within the Acropolis on a hilltop in central Athens and is open from April to October, Monday 11am to 7:30pm, and Tuesday to Sunday 8am to 7:30pm, and November to March, daily from 8:30am to 3pm. Entry to the Acropolis is via Dionysiou Areopagitou or Theorias, and the nearest underground train station is Akropoli. Admission to the Acropolis (including the Parthenon) costs €20.

Did You know? In the early 19th century, when Athens was under Turkish rule, sculptures from the Parthenon were sold to Englishman Lord Elgin. The artifacts, nicknamed the ‘Elgin Marbles’ are now on display in London's British Museum, but they remain a point of contention for the Greek government, which still insists they should be returned.

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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

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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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Athens Private 5 hours Walking Tour, Athens, Private Sightseeing Tours
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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

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

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Athens Highlights: a Mythological Tour, Athens, Ancient Rome Tours
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Athens Highlights: a Mythological Tour

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Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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

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Half-Day Private Taxi Service: Historical Athens City Tour, Athens, Walking Tours
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Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Acropolis and City tour and the Ancient Agora and the Attalos Museum, Athens, Historical & Heritage ... 
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Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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Athens Private Walking Tour: Acropolis, Plaka and Food Tastings, Athens, Cultural Tours
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Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Skip the Line: Acropolis Ancient Agora and Attalos Museum Small Group Tour, Athens, Walking Tours
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Skip the Line: Acropolis Ancient Agora and Attalos Museum Small Group Tour

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Duration: 3 hours 27 minutes (approx.)

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