The Acropolis, a UNESCO site, has always been the fortress and most important religious centre of ancient Athens, the absolute symbol of the grandeur of the Greek civilization and its achievements. The buildings included inside the Acropolis are: the Parthenon, the Erechthion, the Odeon of Herodes (Herodion), the Temple of Athena Nike, the Propylea, the Theatre of Dionysus.
The Parthenon (5th cent. BC), temple for Athena and treasury of Athens, is the most influential ancient building in the world renowned for its architecture and the use of optical refinements marvelled even today.
The Erechthion (5th cent. BC), temple for Athena and Poseidon, is a unique building renowned for its elegant female statues.
The Propylea (5th cent. BC) is the monumental entrance to the Acropolis which gives a first idea of what is to follow once you cross its imposing gate.
The Temple of Athena Nike (5th cent. BC), right next to the Propylea, is a petit building epitomizing the ancient Greek ideals of harmony and simplicity.
The Theatre of Dionysus (4th cent. BC) is the location where the most important tragedies and comedies of ancient Greece were performed and where people like Socrates or Aristotle came to watch a play.
The Odeon of Herodes (2nd cent. AD) is a “recent” concert hall built by a rich Athenian citizen for his wife and it’s still used today; the only place where you can watch a play or concert with a view of the Acropolis lit-up!
The Agora, known as the birthplace of Democracy, houses the best-preserved temple in Greece and was the centre of the city, the location of the parliament and the place where everyone came to shop, exchange ideas and talk with the famous philosophers like Socrates who taught and was executed here in the 5th century BC.
The most impressive museum in Greece and one of the best ones in the world, the Acropolis Museum houses the classical masterpieces from the Acropolis combining an excavation which is always visible under your feet.
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Tickets to the attractions.
The Acropolis is built on a slippery rocky hill and can be difficult for people with walking issues.
Less than 72 hours (3 days) notice: full fee of cancelled tour payable.