Athens Acropolis - details and images
Acropolis monuments are in harmony with natural Settlement. These unique artworks of the early architecture combine different orders and styles of classical art in a very innovative way, and influenced art and culture over several centuries. Acropolis, dating from the fifth century BC, is the best reflection of the splendor, power and wealth of Athens.
After climbing the stairs next entry, called Propilaea, which was finished in 432 before the outbreak of war Peloponnese. The entrance was built by architect Mnesicles Penteli marble, they are avant-garde project. In the south-west entrance, on the wall which protects the main entrance of the Acropolis, the temple was Ionian Aptera's Nike, which today is restored. This small temple is located on a platform toward the Saronic Gulf and had, in past a statue of the goddess Athena. It was demolished by the Turks in 1686 but was rebuilt between 1836-1842 and again in 1936 when they discovered that platform crumble.
The Parthenon and other main buildings of the Acropolis were built by Pericles in the V century BC as monuments of cultural and political achievements of the inhabitants of Athens.
Temenos "Acropolis" means "upper town", many city-states of ancient Greece are built around the Acropolis, Athens residents can retreat to in times of invasion, the Acropolis is considered the safest place in town.
Parthenon building was built by architects and Iktinos Kallikrates as the residence of the huge statue of Athena. Its construction lasted nine years is probably the most famous building in the world. The temple became a church, mosque holding guns and finally the Turks.
What is fascinating is that it creates the feeling of the Parthenon that is built from components that can be changed between them. For example, the columns are stones placed one upon another, the first sensation is that you could change one piece with the other but this is not possible. Each piece of the Parthenon is unique match is settled that where the hardest puzzle. Lines that appear straight, not really. The ancient Greeks understood that in order to mechanize the site and take a look right line to be curved.
The Parthenon is the most perfect and most imitated building in the world. The restoration lasted 30 years and probably will still take both. It is considered a tribute to the glorious past of the ancient Athenians and accomplishments while representing a reminder that all is good for humans is preceded in the end of war, hunger and thirst for power.
Acropolis can be visited daily between 08.00-19.30 hours Monday when it's less open between 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (closed on January 1st, March 25, Easter Sunday, May 1st and 25th, December 26th)
Acropolis entrance fee is EUR 12 and EUR 6 for adults and children students
Address: Metro: Line 2 (station Akropoli)
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