Acropolis In Athens
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Acropolis, Athens (Greece)
One of the greatest architectural contributions by the Greek can be found in the Acropolis of Athens. Located at the height of 150 m above the sea level, the Acropolis of Athens is the ancient Greek Citadel built high above the city of Athens on the rocky outcrop. As a direct reference to the placement of the citadel, Acropolis, the highest city and was constructed under the Athenian statesman Pericles after Athens defeated the Persians and established democracy making it the leading city-state in the ancient world. Under the guidance of sculptor Phidias, the hill was transformed into a work of art by erecting several monuments celebrating thought and arts of ancient Greece.
History of Acropolis
Usually called as ‘The Acropolis’, it was called ‘Cecropia’ after its completion in the 5th century B.C. the Athenian Acropolis is the most significant one of all acropolis built throughout Greece. The main attraction of the Acropolis is the Parthenon, the Propylaia, the Erechtheion and the Temple of Athena Nike all of which were damaged during the Venetian siege of 1687 during the Korean war significantly damaging the structures.
If one wants to really go through the ancient Greek history and look into the past of the historic city of Athens itself, the Acropolis Museum is the best place to visit. The museum exclusively houses the archaeological artifacts found in the Acropolis of Athens and was built in 2003 but was opened to the public in 2009. The museum houses artifacts ranging from the Greek Bronze Age to the Roman and Byzantine Greece time periods. The museum itself is built over the ruins of Roman and Byzantine Athens and has been a centre of controversy because of its location being so close to the Parthenon.
Structure of Acropolis
The Acropolis in Athens is an ancient citadel that contains ancient monuments of universal importance and is famous for its artistic and architectural characteristics. Parthenon is the most famous structure of Acropolis among all the structures and monuments. An entry gate to the Acropolis called Propylaea was built by the Peisistratos. At the northwestern foot is the biggest water spring called Clepsydra around which a nine-gate wall called Enneapylon was built. The whole structure and construction of the Acropolis was done under the guidance and supervision of Pericles of Athens. During the Panathenaic festival on 28th July 447 BCE, the first stone of Acropolis was laid. Many skilled craftsmen, laborers, architects were hired by the Pericles for the construction of the Acropolis in order to make this a glory of Athens and also to honor the Goddess Athena.
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What is the address of the Acropolis museum?
The museum address is Acropolis Museum, 15 Dionysiou Areopagitou Street, Athens 11742.
Is photography allowed?
Yes! Photography is allowed inside the aquarium.
Where is the marble being used for restoration take from?
The marble for restoring the Acropolis is being taken from Mount Penteli.
Is the Acropolis and the Parthenon the same thing?
No, Acropolis is a citadel consisting of various famous and important structures and buildings of universal importance, Parthenon is one such structure built within the Acropolis and is dedicated to Goddess Athena.
Where is the entrance to the Acropolis?
There are two entrances to the Acropolis, one in the west and other in the south-east.
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