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The Acropolis at night, Athens, Greece at My Favourite Planet

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.
  photos and articles:
© David John
 
Gallery contents
See also the interactive plans of the Acropolis on gallery page 2.
page subject plans and diagrams
1–3 General views of the Acropolis 4 interactive plans of the Acropolis
Approaching the Acropolis from the northwest to the entrance
4–5 North and west sides of the Acropolis plan
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Propylaia
6 Entrance to the Acropolis - the Propylaia plan & diagram
7 Beulé Gate (and Choragic Monument of Nikias)  
8 Stairway up to the Propylaia  
9 Pedestal of Agrippa  
10 Top of the stairway to the Klepsydra Spring  
11–12 Temple of Athena Nike plan
photos of the Athena Nike Temple, Acropolis, Athens, Greece at My Favourite Planet

Athena Nike
Temple
The citadel of the Acropolis
13–17


17
Parthenon


Temple of Roma and Augustus
Parthenon plan

scheme of friezes

photos of the Parthenon, Acropolis, Athens, Greece at My Favourite Planet

the Parthenon
 
18–24 Erechtheion  
photos of the Erechtheion, Acropolis, Athens, Greece at My Favourite Planet

the Erechtheion
25–30 Views around and from the Acropolis    
25 Memorial plaque to the anti-Fascist resistance heroes Manolis Glezos and Apostolos Santas    
29 The Old Acropolis Museum    
To the south of the Acropolis
31 Southwest side of the Acropolis  
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Odeion of
Herod Atticus
32–33 Odeion of Herodes Atticus  
33 Stoa of Eumenes  
 
34–35 South slope of the Acropolis  
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Dionysos Theatre
35 Choragic Monument of Thrasyllos  
36 Theatre of Dionysos  
 
Several of the photos in this gallery were taken between 2007 and 2011 during extensive restoration works to the buildings of the Acropolis. Many of the ancient monuments were surrounded by cranes and scaffolding, and some parts of the Acropolis were inaccessible to the public. Gradually, the scaffolding is coming down, revealing these architectural gems in a new light.

 
 

Athena directing the giant Gigas during the building of the Acropolis fortifications at My Favourite Planet

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 from the New Acropolis Museum at My Favourite Planet

The south side of the Acropolis, as seen from the New Acropolis Museum.
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