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The Acropolis at night, with Lykabettos Hill behind it and Mount Pendeli beyond.
|In this gallery we approach the Acropolis from a distance, then get up closer
and go up to the citadel and take a look at the ancient monuments.
So far there are 36 pages of photos and information about the Acropolis,
and more images and detailed information are being continually added.
Practical information (opening hours, tickets, disabled access), see below.
||photos and articles:
© David John
|See also the interactive plans of the Acropolis on gallery page 2.|
|To the north of the Acropolis|
|Approaching the Acropolis from the west|
|The citadel of the Acropolis|
|To the south of the Acropolis|
The main entrance to the Acropolis archaeological site, often
referred to as the "green gate", at the west side of the Acropolis.
|This is the entrance used by the majority of visitors to the Acropolis, most of whom are keen to see the monuments on the top of the rock, particularly the Parthenon.
As at many museums and archaeological sites, turnstiles have recently been installed at the entrance. However, since various turnstile sytems operate in different ways (and often do not operate properly), causing confusion for visitors, one or more human attendants are still needed to assist and control.
There is another entrance to the site near the Theatre of Dionysos, from where visitors can also explore the monuments around the foot of the Acropolis, along the Peripatos circuit path, before going up to the top of the rock.
For disabled people and single adults with infants, there is an elevator up to the Acropolis on the north side of the rock (see details below).
Tel: +30 210 321 41 72
Fax: +30 210 923 90 23
The ticket office and entrance are uphill along a footpath leading from the north of Dionysiou Areopagitou Street (pedestrianized).
The entrance is signposted.
The ACROPOLIS metro station is around 300 metres from the entrance.
A number of buses, trolley buses and trams stop on Amalias Avenue (Leoforos Vas. Amalias, which starts at the top of Syntagma Square), just opposite the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the National Gardens, near the start of Dionysiou Areopagitou Street.
Amenities for disabled people
An elevator up to the top level of the Acropolis is available for wheelchairs, disabled people and any parent attending two or more infants on her/his own.
The elevator is located on the north side of the Acropolis, about 350 metres from the main entrance of the archaeological site (see gallery page 5).
Contact in advance for details and terms:
+30 210 321 41 72
The elevator is not available during extreme weather conditions and strong winds.
The ground on the Acropolis is very uneven, and in places the bare rock which is very slippery. Once at the upper level the only steps are down to the toilet (there is also a ramp), and to the back of the Erechtheion, although there is also an inclined path to this side of the monument.
Ground level: museum shop, post office; snack and drinks are on sale.
Upper level: toilet, accessible by steps and ramp.
Last admission 19:45
Closed on the following days:
25 and 26 December
Full €20, Reduced €10
For a list of those eligible for reductions
and free admission see the website.
Free admission days
6 March (in memory of Melina Mercouri)
18 April (International Monuments Day)
18 May (International Museums Day)
The last weekend of September (European Heritage Days)
Every first Sunday, 1 November - 31 March
The section of the Sacred Way from the Agora up to the northeast side of the Acropolis.
|The Sacred Way, the route of the Panthenaic procession, led from the city gate at Kerameikos, through the Agora then uphill to the entrance of the Acrcopolis on its east side. This straight, steep section starts immediately south of the entrance to the Agora archaeological site and continues for a few hundred metres. The path is of modern concrete but some of the ancient paving stones can be seen on the left. To either side are remains of ancient and Byzantine walls and buildings and a few steles with inscriptions.
The way then continues as a winding footpath - including flights of steps - beneath pine trees, to a narrow road. Then turn right (eastwards) up to the Areopagus Hill and the Acropolis, or left (westwards) down to the Plaka.
This area is fenced off and gated, but at present admission is still free, and it remains a sort of park with ruins. It is a pleasant place to walk, particularly if you have more time in Athens and would like to spend some of it in areas with no traffic. Although it was once part of the centre of classical Athens, the ruins here are neither remarkable nor distinct, and are of interest mainly to those interested in the city's ancient history.
Athena directs the giant Gigas, who carries a large rock (or rocks),
in the building of the "Pelasgic walls" of the Acropolis.
|The ancient Greeks called the former inhabitants of Greece Pelasgians (Πελασγοί, Pelasgoí).
The remains of prehistoric walls on the Acropolis, built of large uncut stone, are also referred to as Mycenaean and Cyclopean. Because of the large size of the rocks used to build in prehistoric times, legends grew that the builders were giants, hence the name "Cyclopean walls", after the mythical giant Cyclops (see Homer).
Image after an illustration from a 5th century BC red figure vase in The Acropolis of Athens by Martin Luther D'Ooge (1839-1915). Macmillan, New York, 1909. (Originally from Strena Helbigiana, 1900.)
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The south side of the Acropolis, as seen from the New Acropolis Museum.
||The Acropolis: Propylaia, Frankish Tower and Parthenon
||Mount Hymettos (Ymettos)
|View of the Acropolis from the west, drawn by James "Athenian" Stuart,|
during his stay in Athens with Nicholas Revett 1751-1753.
|Stuart describes the scene:
"A View of the Acropolis, taken from the situation of the ancient Piraic Gate...
The stones on the foreground are ruins of the ancient city walls.
The figures represent some of the principal Turkish inhabitants, diverting themselves at their favorite exercise, the jereet. On the right hand is the Disdar Aga, at whom the Vaiwode is about to throw his jereet, and rescue his Kaiyah from the Disdar, who pursues him. The next is the Mudereese Effendi, who is conversing with Achmet Aga, the richest and most respectable Turkish gentleman of Athens. The other Figures represent their attendants."
The Vaiwode (or Voivode) was the Turkish governor of Athens. The Disdar Aga was the military commander who lived in the Medieval palace in the Propylaia and kept his harem in the Erechtheion.
See more about Stuart and Revett on Acropolis gallery page 12.
See a painting of the same view by William Page nearly a century later on Acropolis gallery page 32.
Source: James Stuart and Nicholas Revett, The Antiquities of Athens, measured and delineated,
Volume II, Plate I. Printed by John Nichols, London, 1787. At archive.org.
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