Must see attractions in Acropolis Area

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    Acropolis Museum

    This dazzling museum at the foot of the Acropolis' southern slope showcases its surviving treasures. The collection covers the Archaic period to the Roman…

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    Parthenon

    Designed to be the pre-eminent monument of the Acropolis, the Parthenon epitomises the glory of Ancient Greece. Meaning 'virgin's apartment', it's…

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    Acropolis

    The Acropolis is the most important ancient site in the Western world. Crowned by the Parthenon, it stands sentinel over Athens, visible from almost…

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    Odeon of Herodes Atticus

    This large amphitheatre was built in AD 161 by wealthy Roman Herodes Atticus in memory of his wife Regilla. It was excavated in 1857–58 and completely…

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    Temple of Athena Nike

    The small but exquisitely proportioned Temple of Athena Nike sits at the southwest edge of the Acropolis, jutting in front and to the right of the…

  • Theatre of Dionysos

    The tyrant Peisistratos introduced the annual Festival of the Great Dionysia during the 6th century BC, and held it in the world's first theatre, on the…

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    Propylaia

    The Propylaia formed the monumental entrance to the Acropolis. Built by Mnesicles between 437 BC and 432 BC, it ranks in architectural brilliance with the…

  • Erechtheion

    Although the Parthenon was the most impressive monument of the Acropolis, it was more showpiece than working sanctuary. That role fell to the Erechtheion…

  • Areopagus Hill

    This rocky outcrop below the Acropolis has great views over the Ancient Agora. According to mythology, it was here that Ares was tried by the council of…

  • Panagia Hrysospiliotissa

    A grotto in the cliff face, the Choragic Monument of Thrasyllos was built here around 320 BC. In the Christian era it became the Chapel of Our Lady of the…

  • Stoa of Eumenes & Asclepieion

    From the stage of the Theatre of Dionysos, the path leads uphill and west to the top of the long Stoa of Eumenes, a colonnade built by Eumenes II, King of…

  • Athens Pinball Museum

    Not so much a museum as an all-bleeping, flashing games arcade where you play pinball to your heart's content. It has more than 100 working pinball…

  • National Museum of Contemporary Art

    Set in the former Fix Brewery, this contemporary museum opened in 2015 but was closed for prolonged renovations at the time of research. In the past, it…

  • Ilias Lalaounis Jewellery Museum

    A museum for fashionistas: Ilias Lalaounis adorned Elizabeth Taylor and Melina Mercouri, among many others, and is responsible for a singularly Greek…

  • Beulé Gate

    Inside the main entrance of the Acropolis site, the path leads you up through the Beulé Gate, named after French archaeologist Ernest Beulé, who uncovered…

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    Acropolis Southeast Entrance

    This entrance to the Acropolis is a better option for individual visitors, as it avoids the heavy bus traffic and crowds at the main entrance. Early in…

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    Acropolis Main Entrance

    The main Acropolis entrance is used by tour groups so can be very busy. Come here for the disabled accessible lift.