Acropolis & the Parthenon
Few monuments or creations of human ingenuity deserve a place in the bucket list of every traveler in the world, regardless of age, origin or preferences, more than the Acropolis of Athens.
Standing proudly in the center of the city for almost two and a half thousand years it is a testimony to the era and the civilization who gave birth to the fundamental ideals of the modern Western World and one does not need to be a history or archaeology lover to be thoroughly captivated by the beauty and the spirit of this place.
Acropolis, which is the Greek word for ‘citadel’ was a sanctuary and a place of worship and it was shaped and constructed during the Classical Period of Antiquity. The most important edifice is the Parthenon, a magnificent temple dedicated to Athena, the ancient Greek goddess who was the benefactor of the city that was named after her. Still standing in perfect shape today, the Parthenon is the most emblematic symbol of the ancient Athenian democracy. Except for the aura exuded by this place, which will make you feel at one with the ancient myths, the top of Acropolis will also offer you an amazing view of the city. For the art lovers, another enduring ancient monument is the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, widely called by the locals as the Herodeion. This is a stone-built spacious theater that is dated later to the Parthenon, given that it was built during the Roman era of the city. It is impeccably preserved to the date and still fully operational, making the experience of watching a concert or a play under the Parthenon an unforgettable event.