Best Temples In Athens
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Athens Temples Guide
Most of the tourism in Athens revolves around the various ancient temples that stand on the ground of the Greek capital. The temples of Athens are from around 7th to 4th century BCE, built by the Athenian Empire. Though they have been reduced to mere remnants now, with the very little left of its actual grandeur – it is still enough to mesmerize an onlooker with the very first glimpse.
There are many such temples scattered all around Greece. But Athens being the capital city then and now, it has its big share of temples and similar historic sites. Here are some of them that one must visit on their Athens trip.
1. Parthenon, Acropolis of Athens
Parthenon is the central figure of the metropolis. It looms over from its resident hilltop and stands sentinel to the city of Athens. Undeniably the most popular historical site in entire Greece, the Parthenon in Athens was constructed in 447 BC to house a statue of the city’s patron goddess Athena. Over the years it has been used as a war fortress, a mosque and even a Christian church, which is quite something given that the temple had its roots in pre-organized religion era, nature-based theism. Nevertheless, the Parthenon in Athens, Greece should be the first name on the itinerary of temple-visit.
2. Temple of Hephaestus
Temple of Hephaestus in Athens was dedicated to the god of labor, metalworking, and fire – Hephaestus. Made of white marbles from Mount Penteli, this temple is easy to include in the tour as it stands near the ancient Agora of Athens. From its tall edifice, it is hard to interpret that it is standing here since the 5th century BC. But that is when Ictinus, the architect, who was also a co-builder of the Parthenon, built the temple.
3. Temple of Olympian Zeus
Olympieion or the temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens is the largest temple that stands in Greece. The size of this temple does justice to the deity for whom it was built. Zeus, according to the Greek pantheon, is not only the God of Thunder but also the King of all Gods. It took 640 long years to complete its construction. Before reaching the temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens, Greece, one can see the rest of the surrounding archaeological site – Hadrian’s gate. Zeus is the greatest of the Greek gods, and a visit to the temple meant for him is mandatory for a tourist.
4. The Erechtheion
The Erechtheion or Erechtheum, built sometime between 421 BC and 407 BC, is an Ionic style temple. The temple was dedicated to the mythical king and leader Erechtheus – the founder of the polis. He was fused with the sea god Poseidon in his role as a celestial, and along with him, the protector form of the patron goddess, Athena Polias was also worshipped. The six columns with sculpted female figures on the south porch are the temple’s most dominant feature.
5. Temple of Apollo Patroos
Temple of Apollo Patroos in Athens is much smaller than its other counterparts and is dedicated to the founder god of Ionian race and protector of families – Apollo. The shrine is located near the north-west corner of the ancient Agora of Athens and was built in 340-320 BC.
Parthenon Temple In Athens
The Parthenon is the crown jewel of the Acropolis of Athens and a testament to the prosperity of ancient Athens. Dedicated to Goddess Athena after whom the city is named, Parthenon has been the centre of the history of this city and has seen countless battles and owners staking claim to this magnificent monument built on to...
Temple Of Olympian Zeus
The temple of Olympian Zeus is a colossal temple right at the centre of Athens dedicated to Zeus, the king of Olympian gods in Greek mythology. The temple was commissioned by Peisistratus in the 6th century BC, but the construction was halted due to lack of funds. The temple saw multiple starts and pauses by various rulers ...
Erechteion Temple In Athens
The Erechtheion temple is an ancient Greek temple in the ancient Citadel of Acropolis built during the 5th century BC dedicated to both Athena and Poseidon. The Erechtheion temple was commissioned by Pericles during the golden age of the city of Athens after the Persians were defeated. The temple was designed to house the w...
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Athens is famous for its 3 hills. And, the Acropolis along with the most famous Parthenon is one amongst the hills.
As weather during the spring and fall season is pleasant, the best time to visit Athens are from March to May and September to November.
One will need a 220 V plug to use appliances like hair dryer and electric curlers in Athens.
Now a days, one can conveniently carry credit cards for transactions. Other than that, currency exchange is available at various banks and exchange counters across the city.
Yes, Athens is completely safe for those who plan to travel solo. People are welcoming and make travellers feel at home.
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