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Acropolis

On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about Acropolis.

Acropolis features in these preplanned City Guides:

1-day Athens City Guide3-day Athens City Guide5-day Athens City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Greece's most iconic national treasure

Time required: 150 minutes

Phone: +30 210 3214172

Web site: http://www.acropolisofat...

Opening hours:

Time period Opening hours
April 1 - Oct 31, daily: 8am - 8pm
Nov 1 - March 31, daily: 8:30am - 3pm
Public holidays: Closed

Admission:

Ticket type Charge
Combined ticket: 12 €
Reduced: 6 €

Public transport:

  • Red Metro Line: Akropoli station

Address: Dionysiou Areopagitou Street, Athens 10558

Things you need to know:

  • Acropolis of Athens is the starting point of antique Athens. It was polulated for the first time around 3000 BC
  • The word 'acropolis' means citadel or high city. The Athenian acropolis is located on a flat-topped hill rising 150 m (490 ft) above the city
  • Today the site is scattered with magneficient ancient Greek temples, squares, buildings and theaters
  • Highlights are the Parthenon, Erechtheion, Theater of Dionysos, and Areopagus
  • The temples of the Acropolis influenced Western architecture to the extent like nothing else and are considered to be among the most important monuments in the Western world
  • Parthenon is the most important monument of the site. It is a colonnaded, all-marble temple dedicated to Athens' patron, Athena Parthenos (Athena, the Virgin). It was built in the 5th c. BC
  • Theater of Dionysos is Athens' first theater (built 6th c. BC) dedicated to the god of pleasures, Dionysos. Ancient dramas were performed here by Aristophanes, Sophocles or Euripides

What to do there:

  • Start your tour at the ruins of the ancient theater of Dionysos at the lower level
  • Walk towards Herodes Atticus Theater, the venue of the Athens Festival
  • Walk to the upper level through the Beulé Gate. Beyond lies the Propylaia the monumental 5th c. B.C. entranceway
  • Walk around, admire the view, and soak up the atmosphere
  • The highlight is the beautiful structure of the Parthenon
  • Finish your tour at the Areopagus Rock where trials were held in classical times

Tips & Insights:

  • Save some money by buying a combined ticket that gives access to Akropolis, Agora, Roman Forum, Temple of Olympian Zeus and Kerameikos
  • Wear comfy shoes
  • Be prepared for a crowd all year through

 

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