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Acropolis of Athens

The Acropolis of Athens in Greece is the most famous acropolis in the world and one of the most important ancient monument in the Western World. The Acropolis of Athens was first inhabited during the Neolithic Age, it was also inhabited during the Mycenaean period. Just like Mycenae and Tiryns, the Acropolis of Athens had its own underground water supply. There is little left from this period, only a few remains of a cyclopean wall. The Acropolis of Athens is home to several temples and sanctuaries. The Acropolis of Athens is home to one of the most famous ancient building in the world, the Parthenon. The Parthenon was built for the goddess Athena. Between 1802-1805, the English Lord Elgin removed half of the sculptures of the Parthenon and transported them to Britain. In the time, Greece was under Ottoman rule, Lord Elgin removed the sculptures, now known as the Elgin Marbles, with the permission of the Ottoman Empire. The Elgin Marbles are housed in the British Museum in London. Greece demands the return of the Elgin marbles, fruitless until today. The gate and main entrance to the Acropolis is formed by the Propylaea. The Temple of Nikè stands near the remains of a cyclopean wall from the Mycenaean era. The Erechtheum on the Acropolis of Athens is famous for its Caryatids columns. During the Ottoman Empire the Erechtheum functioned as a harem. The Stoa of Eumenes is situated at the foot of the Acropolis, between the Theatre of Dionysus and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. The Theatre of Dionysus is the oldest theatre in Europe. The Temple of the Olympian Zeus and the Arch of Hadrian are situated at the foot of the Acropolis of Athens. The Acropolis of Athens was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1987. Photo Art: Return the Parthenon Elgin Marbles

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Acropolis of Athens - The Acropolis of Athens seen from the Temple of the Olympian Zeus. The Acropolis of Athens is an ancient citadel and the most famous site in all...

The Acropolis of Athens seen from the Temple of the Olympian Zeus. The Acropolis of Athens is an ancient citadel and the most famous site in all of Greece and one of the most famous sites in the world. The Acropolis is home to one of the most famous ancient buildings in the world, the Parthenon. The Acropolis of Athens gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1987.

  1. Acropolis of Athens - The Acropolis of Athens seen from the Temple of the Olympian Zeus. The Acropolis of Athens is an ancient citadel and the most famous site in all...

    The Acropolis of Athens seen from the Temple of the Olympian Zeus. The Acropolis of Athens is an ancient citadel and the most famous site in all of Greece and one of the most famous sites in the world. The Acropolis is home to one of the most famous ancient buildings in the world, the Parthenon. The Acropolis of Athens gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1987.

  2. Acropolis of Athens - The Theatre of Dionysus is located on the south slope of the Acropolis of Athens, its remains are mostly from Roman times. The theatre already...

    The Theatre of Dionysus is located on the south slope of the Acropolis of Athens, its remains are mostly from Roman times. The theatre already existed in the 6th century BC. The theatre was completely rebuilt in 390-324 BC. It is the oldest stone theatre in the world. The Ancient Greeks used it for tragedies. The Theatre of Dionysus is the birthplace of modern theatre.

  3. Acropolis of Athens - Acropolis of Athens: The Beulé Gate is situated at the foot of the staircase leading up to the Acropolis. Visitors to the Acropolis...

    Acropolis of Athens: The Beulé Gate is situated at the foot of the staircase leading up to the Acropolis. Visitors to the Acropolis pass through the Propylaea, the great entrance. The Beulé Gate served as a defensive purpose. The gate was named after the French archaeologist Beulé who uncovered it in 1852. The Beulé Gate was built in 267 AD.

  4. Acropolis of Athens - Acropolis of Athens: The Propylaea served as the main entrance to the Acropolis, situated just below the Temple of Nikè. The...

    Acropolis of Athens: The Propylaea served as the main entrance to the Acropolis, situated just below the Temple of Nikè. The Propylaea were built in 437 BC-432 BC. The columns represent the Doric as well as the Ionic style. The Doric front columns in the centre of the Propylaea are about nine metres high, the Ionic columns at the entrance are about ten metres high. 

  5. Acropolis of Athens - Acropolis of Athens: The Odeon of Herodes Atticus was built in the year 161, it was built during the Roman period by the Greek aristocrat and...

    Acropolis of Athens: The Odeon of Herodes Atticus was built in the year 161, it was built during the Roman period by the Greek aristocrat and Roman senator Herodes Atticus in memory of his wife Regilla. The stone theatre is situated on the south slope of the Acropolis of Athens. The roof of the theatre was made of cedar wood from Lebanon. The Odeon of Herodes Atticus could accommodate 6000 spectators.

  6. Acropolis of Athens - Acropolis of Athens: The Erechtheum seen from the southwest. The Ionic temple was built in the period 421 BC-407 BC and dedicated to the Greek...

    Acropolis of Athens: The Erechtheum seen from the southwest. The Ionic temple was built in the period 421 BC-407 BC and dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena and the Greek god Poseidon. The Erechtheum is famous for its columns, known as the Caryatids. During the Ottoman Empire, the Erechtheum functioned as a harem. The Acropolis of Athens gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1987.

  7. Acropolis of Athens - Acropolis of Athens: The Caryatids are the columns of the Erechtheion, Caryatids are sculpted female figures serving as...

    Acropolis of Athens: The Caryatids are the columns of the Erechtheion, Caryatids are sculpted female figures serving as supports. The Caryatids were replaced by replicas in 1979. The original Caryatids were removed to the Acropolis Museum in Athens. The sixth Caryatid was removed by the English Lord Elgin and transported to the British Museum in London in 1805.

  8. Acropolis of Athens - Acropolis of Athens: The Porch of Maidens with the iconic Caryatids is the south porch of the Erechtheum. The temple is famous for its Caryatids,...

    Acropolis of Athens: The Porch of Maidens with the iconic Caryatids is the south porch of the Erechtheum. The temple is famous for its Caryatids, the female figures. The legend tells us, that the Erechtheum was built on the spot where the goddess Athena planted an olive tree and the god Poseidon hit the Acropolis with his trident to produce a salt water well.

  9. Acropolis of Athens - Acropolis of Athens: The frieze of the Parthenon. The Parthenon is the central monument of the Acropolis of Athens. The huge frieze...

    Acropolis of Athens: The frieze of the Parthenon. The Parthenon is the central monument of the Acropolis of Athens. The huge frieze of the Parthenon covers a length of about 160 metres and a height of about one meter. During the period of Ottoman rule in Greece, many of the sculptures of the Parthenon were sold to the British by the Ottomans.

  10. Acropolis of Athens - Acropolis of Athens: The Parthenon is one the most famous buildings in the world, it was built in 447 BC-437 BC. The Parthenon was dedicated...

    Acropolis of Athens: The Parthenon is one the most famous buildings in the world, it was built in 447 BC-437 BC. The Parthenon was dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena. Between 1802 and 1805, the English Lord Elgin removed half of the marble sculptures of the Parthenon, now known as the Elgin Marbles, with the permission of the Ottoman Empire and brought them to Britain. The Elgin Marbles are on display in the British Museum in London.

  11. Acropolis of Athens - The Temple of Olympian Zeus, situated at the foot of the Acropolis of Athens, was dedicated to Zeus, the king of the Olympian gods....

    The Temple of Olympian Zeus, situated at the foot of the Acropolis of Athens, was dedicated to Zeus, the king of the Olympian gods. The Temple of Olympian Zeus was built  in the 6th century BC. The unusual tall columns made the temple one of the largest ever built in the ancient world. The Corinthian columns are 17.5 metres high. The temple was built over several centuries and finally completed by the Roman Emperor Hadrian in 131 CE. Nowadays, fifteen columns are still standing, a sixteenth column lies on the ground.

  12. Acropolis of Athens - The Arch of Hadrian is situated at the foot of the Acropolis of Athens. The Arch of Hadrian is a monumental gateway, it spanned an...

    The Arch of Hadrian is situated at the foot of the Acropolis of Athens. The Arch of Hadrian is a monumental gateway, it spanned an ancient road in the centre of Athens. The marble arch was constructed without the use of mortar. It was built in 132 AD. The Arch of Hadrian is 18 metres high, 13.5 metres wide and 2.3 metres in dept. The arch was erected in honour of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, a protector of the city of Athens.

  13. Acropolis of Athens - Acropolis of Athens: The Stoa of Eumenes is situated between the Theatre of Dionysus and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus along the Peripatos, the...

    Acropolis of Athens: The Stoa of Eumenes is situated between the Theatre of Dionysus and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus along the Peripatos, the ancient road around the Acropolis of Athens. The Stoa of Eumenes was about 160 metres long and about 18 metres wide. It was destroyed in the 3th century. Now, the most visible part is the north retaining wall.

  14. Acropolis of Athens - The Acropolis of Athens is the most famous acropolis in the world and is also one of the most important ancient monument in the Western...

    The Acropolis of Athens is the most famous acropolis in the world and is also one of the most important ancient monument in the Western World.  The Acropolis of Athens was first inhabited during the Neolithic Age and was also inhabited during the Mycenaean period. The Acropolis of Athens is the symbol of the ancient Greek civilization. The Acropolis of Athens was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1987.