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Propylaea, Athens

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  • It is a feat of engineering and a credit to the archaeologists and restorers for recreating as much of this ancient gateway as they have, but, it still looks like a ruin, one that's not that impressiv...  more »
  • The Propylaea is essentially the building complex of the entrance to the Acropolis area. Built by the architects of the Parthenon, Iktinos and Kallikrates are the prelude to see someone miracle marbles. Guests have the opportunity to admire a few meters before you reach the Parthenon.
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  • A brilliant and imposing building, the first building that one encounters upon entering the Citadel, stressing the visitor the sanctity and the brilliance of the sacred rock. The way in which it was built (on different levels floor high slope), as well as the mixing of two rhythms (Doric and Ionic) and architect's choice to use two types of marble (Pentelis and Eleusis) gave the masterly this monument the brilliance of his time. The era of the golden age of Pericles.
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  • These stairs were added later in history. Pretty awesome hidden gem.
  • Monumental gateway to the Acropolis in Athens. The obelisk to the left is the Monument to Agrippa and the Temple of Nike sits in the top right. The Propylaea began construction in 437 BC but was never completed due to the outbreak of the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta in 431 BC. It was severely damaged during the Fifth Ottoman-Venetian War in 1656. The Propylaea has been partially restored and is a wonder to behold.
  • Basically the entrance to the Acropolis. Unfortunately there isn't any particularly easy way up here other than by the ancient steps.
  • Be very careful. the path is made of very slippery stone. high probability of slipping. once sure of your footing look up the ceiling is intricate.
  • The entrance to the partheneon!! A great piece of architecture.

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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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