• Russell Roy

An Afternoon on the Acropolis

Updated: Mar 22, 2021

The Acropolis is one of those landmarks that is recognized the world over. It towers above Athens and is viewable from everywhere in the surrounding city. A visit to Athens and the Acropolis are synonymous. The best deal for your ticket to the Acropolis to purchase a ticket that includes all of other major archaeological attractions located around central Athens (i.e. the Plaka).

There are several attractions on and around the Acropolis. The best known attractions are the Parthenon (under seemingly constant restoration) dating back to 432 BC and the Erechtheum temple best known for its Porch of the Maidens. Looking closely at the Parthenon, you get a sense of its former grandeur.

It holds true that if the Acropolis can be seen from all over Athens then the views from the views from the top of the Acropolis must provide a spectacular view of the rest of the city. The views below are of the Temple of Olympian to the east and Theater of Dionysus to the south with the Mediterranean sea barely visible in the distance.

Another attraction is the Odeon of Herodes Atticus built into the cliff side and completed in 161 AD. Views from within Odeon and the exterior wall below. The odeon is well preserved having been restored in 1950.

One of the best views of the Acropolis is from the top of Filopappou hill. The real bonus is that everything is within easy walking distance.