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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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  • It is surely the world's most popular Greek monument, erected in ancient times and dedicated to the goddess Athena and arrived to this day how you see it. In short do not know him and everybody wants to visit and this is a must do. Pity about the big crane and scaffolding serving however to its restoration.
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  • It is best to go to the acropolis in the morning before the crowds, but also before the heat sets in. Go to the opposite side of the entrance early on to get your pictures without the crowds. If you s...  more »
  • Gigantic work, with wonderful pillars, which is Temple of the goddess Athena since antiquity. Date of the 5 century BC and until today is a reference in architecture and engineering model. A magnificent building, worth spending hours admiring your beauty. Stay on the Acropolis in central Athens.
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  • Even though it is a great place, looks like some part of it is always under maintenance. This takes away a little bit of fun. Having said that standing on top of Acropolis hill next to Parthenon is a fantastic feeling. Before heading towards the hill I strongly suggest to visit the museum first. That museum kick-starts your imagination. Also it may be a nice idea to cover all other monuments nearby Acropolis hill in Athens before visiting Parthenon. From every place you can see Parthenon.
  • We had a pretty special experience here. Lived in Greece for 6 months. Athens was the hub. One of our archeology professors made some amazing discoveries regarding the Athena Nike Temple. After his discoveries we're published, he became a star amongst the archeologists and engineers in the area. In this picture, we were inside the Parthenon, discussing the rebuild taking place. The engineer is explaining to us how unbelievable the ancients were when it came to construction.
  • Incredible historic site. I visited in May 2015 while there was work being done but it was still great. The views are incredible. Gets very very busy so get there as early as possible. Bring a student ID for discounted tickets. It took us a while to find an entrance to the park/trails so make sure to review that before leaving wifi.
  • Really cool building and view. Also, it was even cooler for me because it was free as I am a student in the EU. Come as early as you can and enjoy the place - some background knowledge would help.
  • Everyone knows this is a must visit location in Athens. Well, I’m here to confirm that. Great 360° views all around so come with your DSLR and have a grand time! Smoking is not allowed.

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If you come to Athens for its ancient history, stay in Plaka, a lively neighborhood located within walking distance of the city's major archaeological sites. Although relatively expensive, hotels in this part of town offer spacious rooms, private swimming pools, and rooftop cocktail bars. For less expensive but equally comfortable lodgings, consider boutique hotels and family-run inns in the quiet residential neighborhoods just a short drive south of Plaka. Good rooms fill up early in the season, so plan ahead and book in advance.
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