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Acropolis, Athens Reviews
Acropolis, the Sacred Rock of Athens Feb 22, 2010
A trip to Athens would definitely be imperfect without paying a visit to Acropolis, the prime UNESCO heritage site in the city and probably the most significant reference point of ancient Greek culture.
Acropolis is very accessible from the city center. It can be reached through the touristic square of Monastiraki. Getting from there is comfortable now than before because the road is lined with trees, giving a relaxing walk. On the other hand, it can also be reached starting from the road opposite the Hadrian's arch. This road is even better because it has been turned into a wide pedestrian street with cafes, restaurants and souvenir shops. Whatever way, reaching up the hill has always been an enjoyable trail.
At the entrance of Acropolis is a pentelic marble monumental gateway called Propylaea. To the right after the gate is a small temple of Athina Nike. Standing at this point gives an overlooking view of Saronic Gulf and the scenic Philoppapous Hill. At the center of the huge ground stands the Parthenon, the temple that is believed to be one of the world's greatest cultural monuments. To the left of the Parthenon, is the amazing Erecthion that easily draws attention because the porch used the statue of female figures instead of regular shape columns. (Erecthion is a sacred temple where Poseidon and Athena had their contest over who would be the patron of the city of Athens).
At the far end of the site is a platform where Greece flag is tagged. This place is a perfect venue to have a panoramic view of the city. It is at this point that the exalted Mount Lycabettus, the ruins of the prestigious Temple of Zeus, the noteworthy Panathenaic Stadium, the Zappeion building, the national garden and the busy sidewalk of Plaka easily catch one's attention. Below the hill is the Rock of Areopagos, a rock formation that is a bit slippery but offers a great view of the Agora,the Monastiraki and the still intact temple of Thission. On the other side is the resplendent Herod Atticus theater that is still used today for classical concerts and other cultural performances. Below the hill and just few meters away is the smashing Acropolis Museum that houses the artifacts unmasked from the hill.
After a very interesting visit to Acropolis, it is the best time to relax at the foot of the hill where restaurants, cafe bars, kiosks and souvenir shops are just around.
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