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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".
|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 od the rock, particlarly 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.
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
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 homeric giant Cyclops.
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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