Best Athens Attractions
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Caption: The Parthenon is the most recognized and well-preserved ruin in Acropolis.
Greece, and Athens in particular, is one of the most popular European travel destinations, bar none! It’s really no wonder why: Athens is a modern city that remains lost in ancient times. No matter where you are in Athens, there are ruins ready to take viewers back several millennia to the times of gods, goddesses, and excessive riches and lifestyles far beyond our imaginations. Couple that with Athens’ incredible Mediterranean climate, gloriously blue Sea of Crete, and super-yummy food, and you’ve just planned a life-changing vacation sure to please the entire family. What attractions should you see? All of them! But here are seven that you cannot miss no matter what.
When people think of Greece, they think of the Acropolis. The Acropolis has to be the most popular and photographed attraction in Athens, and why shouldn’t it be? This primarily fifth-century-B.C. citadel is seated on flat bedrock above Athens, overlooking the modern-day city in all of its splendor and glory. The Acropolis changed the lives of the ancient Greeks, who built the citadel believing it to be blessed and securing them from the rest of the world. Today, it is home to a ton of ancient must-see ruins. What’s there? I’m going to break the key ones down for you, so keep reading!
I’ll start with the Acropolis’ biggie, the Parthenon. Of all of the monuments still standing in Acropolis, the Parthenon looks the best – probably because it was built to honor Athena, the Greek goddess of, well, just about everything! Even today, the Greeks consider the Parthenon to be the protector of Athens; they treasure Athena’s shrine. Aside from the Greeks’ love of the Parthenon, the world must take note, too. When it comes to historical monuments, the Parthenon is the biggest worldwide. Those who visit it are awed by the remains of this beautiful structure, especially when it’s lit at night.
The Propylaea Gate
If you’ve had the pleasure of visiting any ancient ruin site, you know that ancient civilizations were big on gates. Gates protected ancient cities, and the Proplylaea, “gateway” when translated, was built to protect the Acropolis. The ancient Greeks began building Propylaea in 437 B.C., but they never actually finished it. They built enough of it, however, to impress nations throughout the world. Both Berlin and Munich, Germany, have gateways in their cities inspired by the Acropolis’ Propylaea. Now that’s one life-changing gate, if you ask me.
The Erechtheion Temple
Athena was, and still is, big in Greece. And she didn’t just have the Parthenon built for her. Nope! The Erechtheion Temple, or what’s left of it, in Acropolis was also constructed to honor the favored Greek goddess. The Erechtheion Temple was also built in honor of Poseidon because he’s pretty big in Greece, too! Unlike Propylaea, the Erechtheion Temple was completed, with construction beginning in 421 B.C. and ending in 406 B.C. It’s truly life-changing to visit this tribute to the mythology so rich in ancient Greek culture. I want to be Athena; how about you?
The Temple of Athena Nike
No, I’m not talking athletic footwear here! When facing their archenemy the Spartans, the ancient Greeks turned to Athena, attached “nike” to her name, which means “victory, ” and made her the goddess of victory. She was busy and had many, many roles, apparently! From 427 B.C. to 424 B.C., the ancient Greeks built this temple in honor of her, and the citizens worshiped her at the site, certain that Athena Nike would bring about a victorious outcome to the Peloponnesian War.
The Academy of Athens
Philosophy fans must visit the Academy of Athens while in Greece. Let’s face it – philosophy has changed all of our lives, and this neoclassic academy was built in the 19th century and inspired by the father of philosophy himself, Plato. After all, it was Plato who began Greek education as far back as 387 B.C. The Academy of Athens is a newer building but a must-see landmark that welcomes numerous visitors annually. It’s even been minted onto a commemorative coin already.which equipment is approved for reheating food how many solutions are there to the system of equations where to get business cards how solution of problem where to launch model rockets how many device can use hbo max why products are cheaper on amazon why road map what start up expenses are deductible where was technology first invented how device is rooted how much technology is too much for a child whose product is a minimum how system works how much technology should be used in the classroom where does it come from solution how much product to use in curly hair which device is nat typically implemented on where technological advancements who london office which system has no solution how many design styles are there school where solutions what management is where to buy tech deck where to develop film in toronto where from oneplus company solutions how college when solution of ni2 and nh3 who engineering consultant why london is better than new york whu business psychology why engineering is important how long does solution finish last who roadmap ventilation what business to start how many business days in a year which company is the best for roofing where the technology came from why london business school how far into the future does a solution roadmap forecast where design store how many project management methodologies are there whose en ingles where to eat london how long project management certification how technology impacts society how much solution to put in contact case what start up business is successful why project management interview question where to find system preferences on mac whose operating system how smart solutions who startup funding how much london bus fare where to find entrepreneurs how often business continuity plan be tested why solution is considered as mixture which development changes are associated with puberty who solution focused brief therapy how many business weeks in a year whos technoblade how much solution to put in hoover carpet cleaner how much businessman earn how much engineering courses how much company worth how workers comp works where product key steam where startup windows 7 when entrepreneurship is successful class 10 iphone 13 who should be ceo of startup how many technology companies are there in the world how much product to bring to a craft show how much london underground cost how to find business information on a company how many science regents are required to graduate how much project zomboid where is made in made in how many solutions exist for the given equation which startup stocks to buy when startup valuation who design nazi uniforms who project in ku how many system in human body what solutions are hypotonic who medical equipment where is made in made in when equipment is purchased for cash when project price should be discussed who company owns most funeral homes where human came from science who company owns boom supersonic how workers compensation is calculated how many business does shaq own how company shares work how often should a manager give feedback how teaching happens where entrepreneur live who product specific guidance which product results from the breakdown of fibrin what design style is west elm how many product managers are there how long project baseline results why solutions are important for us what science is taught in 7th grade how many development cards per turn who teaching meaning in urdu from where science came who safety solutions why solutions class 4 where are guest workers from why system ui stopped working who product catalogue who products food who london video whose autonomous system number how system restore windows 10