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Parthenon, Athens

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The epitome of the power and glory of ancient Greece, Parthenon serves as part of an ancient group of temples situated on a hill just above modern Athens. Undeniably one of the world's most recognizable structures, the ancient temple features some of the finest elements of Classical architecture, a style of building that has consistently influenced and inspired architects since its completion in the 5th century BCE. Although this building originally was built to honor the goddess Athena, its purpose changed several times over the centuries, and the temple successively transformed into a treasury, fortress, Christian church, and Islamic mosque. Charge your camera and wear shoes suitable for rocky terrain. Arrange to visit Parthenon and other attractions in Athens using our Athens trip planner.
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  • Why come to Athens & not see this? It is a bit of a walk and the crowds can be heavy but this is HISTORY! Take the more scenic walk through the trees and it won't feel as hot. It costs 20 euros... 
    Why come to Athens & not see this? It is a bit of a walk and the crowds can be heavy but this is HISTORY! Take the more scenic walk through the trees and it won't feel as hot. It costs 20 euros...  more »
  • We were a group of travellers from Canada, and visited the Parthenon at the Acropolis on a day trip to Athens. Awesome experience, and we stayed at the nearby Acropolis, where we had a beautiful... 
    We were a group of travellers from Canada, and visited the Parthenon at the Acropolis on a day trip to Athens. Awesome experience, and we stayed at the nearby Acropolis, where we had a beautiful...  more »
  • Very slippery Busy! Get a ticket from kiosk first Well worth the trek Sights are breathtaking When you come out there is a beautiful little tavern with amazing home cooked food and cold water... 
    Very slippery Busy! Get a ticket from kiosk first Well worth the trek Sights are breathtaking When you come out there is a beautiful little tavern with amazing home cooked food and cold water...  more »
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  • Really amazing to see how they have preserved this historical site. The views of the city are amazing. Part of the entrance is under construction but it doesn't take away the overall effect of these historical monuments.
  • Truly amazing experience to visit this place... It's a great walk from Plaka region to the top of Acropolis... Parthenon is the main attraction of this place... A lot of renovation is in progress... but still a great experience to be a part of the history... General information has been written in English and Greek... but hiring a guide can give you much better experience of the visit... in Oct 21, the guide was charging about €20 per person per guided tour... Oct is probably an off-season time so there were less tourists and we could see the place better... click good photographs... but in peak tourist season, things may be a bit difficult with longer queue for tickets, Entry, costlier guides, and overall crowded place... Our trip in Oct gave us great sunshine, but amazingly pleasant temperatures, very little crowd and overall a great experience ..
  • Loved every minute of the visit. Absolutely magnificent experience. This is a must visit for anyone lucky enough to be in Athens.. Don't miss out.
  • Hot, no shade at the top. Take care as marble stairs are slippery. Thought it would be bigger and better maintained - but still a must-see
  • My wife’s boyfriend, Tyrone, really enjoys the architecture of the Parthenon. He is a real big fan of Greek culture and history and visiting this place was a dream come true! If he’s happy, I’m happy!

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