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The northwest corner of the Acropolis from the Areopagus. The red colouring is caused by the setting sun.
One of the mysterious niches in the rock of the Acropolis.
|Most plans of the Acropolis show its famous temples and monuments.
However, all over and around the porous limestone rock are natural
and man-made niches, caves and springs which have served religious
and practical purposes over thousands of years.
See pictures and information about:
The Klepsydra spring and the caves of Apollo and Pan on gallery page 5.
The Choragic Monument of Thrasyllus on gallery page 35.
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||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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