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Acropolis

Greece > Athens

History of the Acropolis

The Acropolis is a collection of structures, monuments and temples atop a hill overlooking the city of Athens. Best known for the Parthenon with its beautiful columns, there are a number of other sights on the hill that are worth seeing.

The Acropolis has been home to settlements for millenia with evidence of a town being here as far back as 4,000 BC. As the Greek capital grew around the 150m high rock, the structures on it became more grand and symbolic. A number of structures were originally erected circa 550 BC in the name of Athena Polias after whom the city was named. One of these was the original Parthenon. The next thousand years saw countless reconstructions and rebuilds every time the city was invaded or sacked which saw a grander bigger Parthenon constructed time after time.

Large parts of the Parthenon were destroyed in 1687 when it was blown up in a war with the Venetians. After it was restored, it was used as a temple, Christian church & cathedral and even a mosque by the various powers in control of Athens.

The most recent restoration project started in 1975 and is approaching completion. Large segments of the Parthenon and other temples have been carefully restored with most of the columns, floor and roof that can currently be seen meticulously reassembled. This magnificent set of structures once again proudly stands overlooking the bustling streets beneath showing off its marble and granite.

Opening Times

January 1st to March 31st

  • Sunday: 09:00 AM to 08:00 PM
  • Monday to Thursday: 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
  • Friday: 09:00 AM to 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 09:00 AM to 08:00 PM

November 1st to December 31st

  • Sunday: 09:00 AM to 08:00 PM
  • Monday to Thursday: 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
  • Friday: 09:00 AM to 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 09:00 AM to 08:00 PM

April 1st to October 31st

  • Sunday: 08:00 AM to 08:00 PM
  • Monday: 08:00 AM to 08:00 PM
  • Tuesday to Thursday: 08:00 AM to 08:00 PM
  • Friday: 08:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Price Information

Entry to Acropolis

  • General : 30.00 EUR
  • University Students : 15.00 EUR
  • Locals : 15.00 EUR
  • Local Students Free
Address

Akropolis of Athens

Athens

Greece 105 58

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