Acropolis of Athens, Plaka, Zeus temple ... and more in one breath
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An Acropolis or Akropolis (Greek: Akros, top; Polis, city) - quite literally the upper part of a town - is a bastion or citadel in which the ancient Greeks took refuge during battle. Such a stronghold was often built on elevated grounds and from there many great cities and states like Mycenae, Argos, Corinth and Athens could arise.
The Acropolis of Athens is the most representative of the Greek acropolises, situated on a flat and precipitous hill 160 metres or 512 feet above sea level. The site was already occupied in the Achaean period (17th century BCE), when a palace was erected surrounded by a thick wall. During the 11th century BCE the citadel became a centre of worship and in the 5th century BCE the acropolis gained its final shape.
… but I don’t want to write about Athens as on class of history :o) the true is that Greece and Athens, as important part of , is cradle of civilization and we all knows all about Acropolis, so I would rather let you to enjoy in photos and hope you’ll enjoy even half as I enjoyed there walking “through history”. Summer of 2007 I spend with sister on beautiful island Skiathos and it would be pity not to visit Athens ‘cause from Skiathos you have fast ferry to Agios Constantinos and than bus to Athens - we needed 1,5 hour by boat and less than 1 hour to Athens. Athens in August on almost 40 C degrees, uf, was so hot, but it didn’t kept us from going to Acropolis (it’s like to go to Rome and don’t see Vatican city). Parthenon, Erechtheum, Theatre … shined on the Sun in all their beauty and I walked like in dream and without breath looking and enjoying in masterpieces of old culture.
Athens deserve more than 1 day, but for this time we had just that day, so after 3 hours on Acropolis we gone to the centre of city in Plaka, cute old part of Athens with streets closed to traffic, so you can enjoy walking around in peace among little shops, galleries or sit in some of nice café. Was lazy hot Sunday and not so much Athenians around - who would walk around on such heat than crazy tourists :o) so we let our legs to lead us and walked through beautiful Botanic garden, to the Sintagma square where is Parliament to see famous and unique Evzoni National Guard, found the ruins of great Zeus temple - now you can see only few columns of this temple, great Hadrian gate … ah, so little time for such beauty … this is just “little bite”of Athens and of course you are still hungry after that :o) , but I was happy and have reason to come here again, ‘cause it’s pity to stay hungry for such beauty … so, Athens, wait for me once again one day :o) ….