What is Acropolis Athens?
Acropolis means ‘high city’ in Greek and is located on the top of a rocky hill above the city of Athens. The ancient Greek City states used to have at their centre a rocky mound or hill. It was used as a fortress in case of attack and they built their important temples. After the Athenians won the Persian wars, Acropolis also became the symbol of power of the city. Wealth, culture, science, democracy where flourishing in Athens and they needed a monument that would reflect their power.
What will you see on Acropolis?
Parthenon is the most famous Temple of Acropolis. You will also see Erechtheion (the Temple with the Caryatids), Temple of Athena Nike, Propylaea (the entrance of Acropolis), the Ancient Theatre of Dionysus, the Sanctuary of Asclepius or Asklepieion and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. It will take you around 2 hours to see everything without a guide and make sure that if you go alone that you get there early or after 14:00 in order to avoid the big crowds. Especially during the hot summer days it is best to visit first the Museum and then the Acropolis.
Why is Acropolis Important?
The Acropolis of Athens host some of the most important ancient buildings. The buildings and the Temples are of unique architectural and historic significance. It is the absolute symbol of the Greek and Western civilization. Above all it is the birthplace of Democracy.
What famous building is the symbol of Athens?
First of all is, Parthenon is the Temple of Athens on Acropolis and stands over the city for more than 2500 years. Most noteworthy is the landmark columns and the magnificent architectural structure is the most famous monument on Acropolis and Greece. Also, the absolute symmetry and the beauty of the building that is in front of you! Even though there are some small parts that are covered for the reconstruction and the preservation of the monument, most of it is there for everyone to see. The absolute symbol of Athens and Democracy for 2500 years!
Why is Parthenon so special?
It was Pericles, the Athenian statesman built the Parthenon and Acropolis to show the greatness of the city to the world. Built with the shape of a Doric temple the Parthenon is the greatest achievement of the ancient Greek architecture and sculpture! Just visit Parthenon and you will feel awed by the majestic building. The beauty and the harmony that radiates is unique. We are talking about one of the few monuments on the Planet that the visit does not disappoint the visitor. Words are pure and cannot easily describe the Parthenon even after 2500 years and the destructions that he had suffered.
How much are Acropolis tickets?
The ticket for Acropolis is 20 euro. Young people under 18 years old do not pay tickets. Furthermore, there is also a 30 euro ticket that includes: Acropolis of Athens and the slopes, Ancient Agora of Athens, Archaeological Museum of Kerameikos. Also it includes, the Archaeological Site of Lykeion, Hadrian’s Library, Kerameikos, Museum of the Ancient Agora, Olympieio, Roman Agora of Athens. If you visit Athens for more that a day then you should by the combined ticket in order to be able to save money at your visit to the rest of the sight. Do not through your tickets and just walk or take the metro to the next stop!
Does Acropolis have free Admission days?
Acropolis has some free admission days. 6 March, 18 April, 18 May, last weekend of September, 28 October. Another date is the first Sunday from November 1st to March 31st. It is a good opportunity to arrange your trip around these days if it is possible.
How long to visit Acropolis?
It will take you around 10-15 minutes to climb to the entrance and the same time to get back. If you go for a quick visit it will take you around 45 minutes to one hour. Probably it will take you 70-90 minutes to visit the Acropolis. A guided tour to Acropolis will take 2 hours. In order to enjoy Acropolis as you should and learn everything about the history and the myths around her, it is strongly advised to have a licensed guide with you.
We have several different tours that you can join in order to visit Acropolis and/or the Museum. Of course the best way to visit Acropolis is to have a licensed guide with you. Have a private tour and the licensed guide will be only for you and your friends and family. It is a great tour and you will have in your hearts and minds forever! If you want a custom tour just ask for one! We can arrange anything you want from transfers from and to Acropolis, a combination with Cape Sounio or a tour of Athens if you want. Even a food tour can be combined with Acropolis around the beautiful Koukaki neighborhood.