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Athens Walking Tours

This educating tour around the historical city of Athens, is truly an enriching experience. The walkers meet at the Syntagma Metro Station and then the tour on foot, begins. You get to visit various iconical monuments and sites dotting the city. The 12 places that the tour takes you include the Zeus Temple and the Acropolis, depicting the ancient culture of Greece. If you plan to visit the city, do take Athens Walking Tours for a great experience.

Acropolis of Athens

Perched atop the crest of a rocky promontory, the Acropolis of Athens is a stunning spectacle of Greek Antiquity, and is counted among the most significant architectural complexes ever built. At the centerpiece of this ancient citadel is the abode of Goddess Athena – the remarkable Parthenon, which became the paragon of classical Greek architecture. Scattered across the rest of this legendary religious complex are several other monumental remnants of the world's first democracy, a sea of historic structures that were stupendously planned and constructed by statesman Pericles of Athens. The Propylaea forms an arresting gateway to the Acropolis of Athens, while the Temple of Erechtheion on the complex's north side pays ode to Poseidon and Athena. The Ionic Temple of Athena Nike rests on the southwest corner of the Acropolis and dates back to 420 BCE. A stoic symbol of victory, this temple stands as a treasured link to the ancient world.

Museum of Cycladic Art

Among the most unusual forms of art around are the prehistoric idols found on the Cycladic Islands. These strange-looking statues dating back to the 4th and 3rd millennium BCE are of an almost extra-terrestrial beauty. Splendid samples of this art form can be found at the Nicholas P. Goulandris Foundation, Museum of Cycladic Art. The museum also includes a collection of ancient art dating from the 2nd millennium BCE to the 4th Century CE with sculptures, pottery, jewelery, coins and other items. Reproductions of Cycladic idols can be bought at the museum shop.

Temple of Hephaestus

A stunning vestige of the Classical period, the Temple of Hephaestus occupies a significant place in the vast lap of Athens’ ancient Agora. This doric-style temple is an exemplar of ancient Greek architecture, portraying an exquisite symphony of symmetrically arranged pillars and columns. Inaugurated around 415 BCE, this beautiful white marble structure is dedicated to the god of metalwork, Athena Ergane. Over the years, the temple was used an Orthodox church honouring Saint George, and as a burial site for philhellenes in the 19th Century. Despite the personalities it assumed over the ages, it remains today as an unwavering reminder of a civilization gone by.

Acropolis Museum

A hit with the public as soon as it opened in 2009, the museum gives context to the Acropolis and displays its sculptures in a relaxed and visually stunning style. The building, designed by Swiss architect Bernard Tschumi, is worth a visit in its own right. Clear information panels, helpful films, strolling archaeologists to answer your questions, and plenty of space and light in which to walk among the statues, make this one of the great museums of Europe. There is also an excellent café-restaurant and shop on-site (don't miss the Parthenon fridge-magnets). The hours of operation vary depending on the season and the exhibition is open till much later as opposed to the underground excavation site. Do confirm timings before visiting.

Parthenon

Dedicated to Goddess Athena, the Parthenon is arguably one of the most recognized monuments of Greece. Located within the site of Acropolis, the marvelous and magnificent structure has a history that dates back to 447 BCE. Over the centuries, the Parthenon has witnessed many changes, destruction and reconstructions, along with a thoroughly mesmerizing history. It still stands tall, over 13.72 meters (45 feet) in height, representing the glorious Grecian history and all things classical. As such it is home to several Hellenic artifacts, invaluable artworks and sculptures.

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