Best Sights to Visit in Athens, Greece (II)
In 1985 Athens was elected the first European cultural capital, and not without reason. With its 5,000-year history of settlement the city is amongst the oldest in Europe. The most ancient part of the city is the Acropolis, the military and religious centre of the ancient world. Nowadays, Athens is a lively industrial and commercial city, Greece’s economic and cultural magnet. Read more about the Best Sights to Visit in Athens, Greece.
Best Sights to Visit in Athens, Greece: Acropolis (Fortress)
The Acropolis – the temple complex on the local mountain – is emblematic of the cityscape. This magnificent complex towers above the city and can be seen everywhere. It has been a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1987.
The ensemble was built between 467 and 406 B.C. and comprises the Propylaeum, Erechtheion, Nike Temple and the grand Parthenon. It is the biggest temple on the Acropolis and consists of 46 columns, 17 long and 8 wide. Inside there was a grand statue of Athene. The Erechteion is the second-biggest temple. It has a small annexe on the south side, whose roof is help up by six female statues, the Caryatides.
Location: The Acropolis rock is situated in the old town, the “Plaka”. Metro stop Akropoli (Line 2)
Price: 12.00 EUR
Best Sights to Visit in Athens, Greece: Agora (Square)
The Agora was the central meeting place for citizens and the social hub of Athens, while the Acropolis represented the religious and political centre.
The Agora became a public square in 600 B.C. Prior to this, it served as a cemetery or residential area at various points in time.
The most striking building is the excellently preserved Temple of Hephaestos. It is supported by 78 doric pillars and is particularly richly adorned with friezes and sculptures. The Agora was particularly characterized by its numerous columned halls, the so-called stoai. Citizens would gather here to chat and indulge in philosophical discussion. There were also shops here and it was a place to do business and carry out judicial processes.
Location: Metro stop Monastiraki (Lines 1, 3)
Price: 6.00 EUR