Athens: Day 3 Part 1

Even if I've said this already, I'll say it again: Athens is so much more than the Acropolis, and the Acropolis is so much more than the Parthenon.

We got into the Acropolis site for free with our student ID's, and started by seeing all the sights on the southern slope. There are two amphitheaters, and many smaller ruins. There seemed to be slabs of marble stacked everywhere! As we climbed up we got some great views of the city.

Stone from a fallen building behind the Theater of Dionysious.

Seats at the Theater of Dionysious.

View of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus.

Odeon of Herodus Atticus.

View of the Temple of Hephaistos

As we came around to the western side we climbed up through the beautiful Propylaea, or "Castle of the Acropolis". It was pretty busy at that time; I can't imagine how busy it must be in the summer. Once on top I really understood the "polis" part of the name, it was a city. Besides the Parthenon, there is the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheum, the Pandroseion, and others (here is a good map of the Acropolis).

Propylaea at the Acropolis

The Parthenon has been under restoration for many years, and so far the results look good. The Erechtheum has been heavily restored, with some new blocks added. We often wondered how much they had been restored, and I wish that they had pictures of before and after the restorations. It would be pretty interesting to me to see how the restoration work was done.

Erechtheum at the Acropolis

Copies of the Caryatids at the Erechtheum

Front of the Parthenon, under reconstruction work.

View of Lykavitos Hill from the top of the Acropolis

*Catch up on our entire Athens adventure by checking Our Travel Page, or our Greece tag.*