Athens

Athens Day 5

We finally made it to the Parthenon. Yeah!

We made our way towards Plaka like we usually do and hit the digital kiosk, kind of like an ATM, to purchase our tickets. There wasn’t much of a line at all. I’ve been reading about 2 and 3-hour lines, but there were only a few people ahead of us. We also utilized the entrance across from the museum, not the main entrance.

In any case, it didn’t seem busy at all, and we couldn’t have picked a better day. It was beautiful out. So the Acropolis is the actual hill that all the temples sit on. The Parthenon is the most famous and prominent temple, and there there are a few smaller temples. The Erectheion, Temple of Athena Nike, and the Proplyae. Our plan was to explore the slopes of the Acropolis, which include the Theatre of Dionysus and the Odeon Herodes Atticus Theatre. When you enter from the lesser-known entrance at the bottom of the hill, it makes the most sense to keep right and follow the loop around, then head up and finish off the loop as you make your way back down to where you entered. It goes a little something like this…

First stop, a platform of stones. You’ll see this is a theme throughout 🙂

Winding our way up the hill!

Next Theatre of Dionysus. Considered the first theatre ever built. Erected sometime in the 6th century BCE. It’s no surprise that the Greek God, Dionysus, was the most popular with the people. He was the God of vegetation, wine, inebriation, theatre, and ecstatic dance.

It’s a long walk up, but around every corner was another amazing picture.

 

Almost there.

The Proplyae. This was one of the early reinforcements to protect the people. You must enter through this area to reach the top of the Acropolis. It’s absolutely stunning and very well preserved.

Once you have reached the top of the hill, you have the Parthenon on your right, the Erectheion on your left, as well as the Temple of Athena.The Parthenon. Built somewhere around 447 BCE. This building has seen its fair share of destruction over the centuries. Most notably, the Ottoman Turks gained control of the Parthenon and turned it into a mosque. But when they faced an attack, they converted it into an ammunition depot, and when the structure was hit, the explosives exploded, causing major structural damage.

 

 

The views from the top of the Acropolis are just unbelievable. This is Lycabettus hill in the distance.

Views of the sea from the top. I think you’re overlooking the Saronic Gulf.

The Erectheion.

 

 

And winding our way back down the hill, you reach the Odeon Herodes Atticus Theatre.

 

This was truly a dream come true. After a long day, we hit our favorite little burger joint in Monastiraki, Pax. Yum!