Acropolis is an ancient place of Athens in Greece. The most prominent feature of this place is The Parthenon. Parthenon is visited by over hundreds of tourists each day, because it is the largest temple in Athens. Tourists enjoy the panoramic view of ancient history of Greece and its architecture that is built in this area.
Parthenon is a temple that has been sacred to Greek goddess Athena. It is a classical structure that was built in 447 BC. The structure has been holds a symbol of Ancient Greece, birth of Athenian democracy, and the most cultural monument in the world. Parthenon was initially in the construction of being built for goddess Athena when the Persian assault in 480 BC destroyed the building partially. After the assault, the structure was used as a treasury to secure precious items such as gold and diamonds. During 5th century, the structure of Parthenon was transpose to a Christian church for the devotion to Virgin Mary. During early 1400s, the church was converted into a mosque was Ottoman Turk victory. After the explosion of the Parthenon building in September 1687, the damaged parts of the structure were remaining that are known as Elgin Marbles or Parthenon marbles. Under Ottoman Turk’s permission, the Elgin Marbles were sold to London’s British Museum as a display in 1816. However, the Greece government has been promised by British government for return of the marbles to receive its original place.
Besides the Parthenon, the other places to visit in Acropolis are Temple of Athena Nike, The Erectheion, and The Propylea. Temple of Athena Nike is the first temple built as an ionic style. The Erectheion is a place in Acropolis to worship Athena and Poseidon-Erechtheus, the two chief god of Attica. The propylea is the ancient overwhelming entrance to Acropolis. There is also Odeon of Herodes Atticus which is an ancient theatre still used today for concerts and plays.
Acropolis is open daily from 8am to 7pm and recommended to get their early morning to avoid afternoon crowd. To stay in Acropolis is very affordable by staying at Hostel Dioskouros. Guide tours are available in the area to show around by charging some affordable prices. There is no visit complete to Athens without visiting Acropolis