The Top 5 Places To Visit In Athens

Athens, Greece

1. Acropolis
Acropolis
Acropolis
When in Athens, the Acropolis is simply inescapable. You can see it from almost every corner of the town. The word Acropolis means ‘high city--but often it is referred to as the ‘Sacred Rock’.

The Acropolis is a citadel perched on top of the hill that exemplifies the ancient Greek architecture. On the sacred rock, you will see the ruins of the most significant monuments from the 5th century.  The Parthenon, the Propylaea, the Erechtheum and the temple of Athena are just among the notable masterpieces clustered above it.

Truly, the Acropolis is a great testament to the pioneers of Western civilization. It is one of the ancient wonders you need to see once in your lifetime.


2. Parthenon
Parthenon
Parthenon
When you think of Athens, the Parthenon is the image that will instantly pop in your mind. It is undoubtedly the most iconic symbol of Greece. Known for its symmetry and mighty marble columns, the Pantheon is a beacon that towers high above the city.

Come prepared

The Parthenon is a world renowned monument, thus attracting a lot of tourists from all over the world. Start as early as possible to avoid the big crowds and the midday heat. If possible, hire a tour guide to better understand its history and architecture.

3. Erechtheion
Erechtheion
Erechtheion
The Erechtheion is the second largest temple standing on the Acropolis. Its unique structure features two porches, the iconic tall columns on the north end and the six maiden statues on the south corner. The temple is built on a slope so you might find the different sizes of the columns rather unusual.

Caryatids
Caryatids of Erechtheion
Caryatids of the Erechtheion
The porch of maiden statues—called the ‘Caryatids’—that are seen on the Erechtheion are unfortunately not the real thing. The statues are mere replicas of the original. You can see the preserved authentic Caryatids at the nearby Acropolis Museum.

4. Plaka
Plaka
Plaka
If you are staying in Athens for several days or weeks, you should stay in a hotel within the district of Plaka. It is the oldest neighbourhood in modern Athens and lies just at the foot of the hill. It is the perfect vantage point to see the Acropolis light up at night and illuminate the city.

The atmosphere in Plaka is pure magic. Get lost in the maze of narrow streets and be mesmerized by the seamless convergence of the old world and modern Athens. The beautiful ambience can only be topped by the friendly locals and their unparalleled Greek hospitality.

5. Temple of Hephaestus
Temple of Hephaestus
Temple of Hephaestus
You do not need to strain your imagination and think of what this temple looked like in its former glory. The temple of Hephaestus is one of the best preserved monuments in Athens. Unlike most Greek ruins, this temple still has its original roof firmly intact.

Keep your Acropolis ticket

The temple of Hephaestus is rather hard to find. It is situated at the west of the ancient Agora complex on the base of the Acropolis. Admission is free if you already have the entrance ticket to the Acropolis.

Note: Photos are not mine. Credits to the artists at www.freeimages.com


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