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  • Writer's pictureVicky Lopez

What is The Acropolis?

You probably know Athens, Greece, as the birthplace of democracy and the hot spot for ancient ruins. You already know Athens offers history and culture, but did you know that Athens also has a thriving nightlife and some of the best cuisine in all of Europe? Whether you’re a retiree looking for a new adventure, a group of friends, or a couple on your honeymoon (or second honeymoon), Athens should be at the top of your list!

Here are just a few things you may wish to explore in Athens:

The Acropolis



A citadel or fortified part of an ancient Greek city, typically built on a hill.

  • The ancient citadel at Athens contains the Parthenon and other notable buildings, mostly dating from the 5th century BC.

  • singular proper noun: Acropolis; plural noun: the Acropolis

Coming from the Greek word ἄκρον (meaning highest point), you’ll find the Acropolis high atop the hill.

As the definition explains, “the Acropolis” is plural - not just one place/thing/item in Athens, Greece. The Acropolis consists of several ancient architectural-historical buildings (more than 10), with the most popular being the Parthenon.

The Parthenon

The Parthenon is one of the most recognizable buildings in all of Greece and sits atop what many people consider their city’s holiest site: The Acropolis. Built as a temple for Athens’ patroness Athena during league-time (449 BC), it took nearly 50 years from start to finish, with much suffering along the way; yet when completed, there were no regrets whatsoever!

Theatre of Odeon Herodes Atticus

The Theatre of Herodes Atticus is not your typical Greek theater. It was built in 161 AD by an affluent Roman Senator named Herodes, who wanted to commemorate his wife Regilia after she died while giving birth - but he never got the chance.

Odeon comes from Olympian Zeus’s temple in Athens, which means divine presentation or concert hall. Odeon’s name is fitting since its purpose is as an entertainment hall. Here people could see shows while discussing political issues too without any risk whatsoever because they were inside safety rails, unlike today’s venues.

Since then, the venue has been used for music festivals and performances; still performing today with its original purpose intact.

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Museum of Cycladic Art

Museum of Cycladic Art

The Museum of Cycladic Art is an invaluable treasure trove for all those who love art and history. Here, you can find masterpieces over 3000 years old, including works by agreed-upon “childcare” painters like Early Cypriot Old Europe’s best-known artist Parrhasius or Athens’ most famous sculptor Myron. But there was much more to this place than just priceless paintings! In addition, the incredible architecture should not go unnoticed; designed in part by Greeks themselves (you’ll recognize some familiar faces). The private collection of antiquities at The Museum has grown to be one the most extensive and valuable in existence, with pieces from all over Greece. It’s no wonder that this ancient museum is a popular tourist destination for people looking to get up close (and personal) when they visit Athens!

Monastiraki Square & Flea Market:

You can hear the noise from the bustling shops and people in the markets throughout this historic city. However, it’s still possible to see what makes Monastiraki square unique. There are Greek restaurants with delicious food for any taste preference; souvenir stores selling authentic items made by local artisans alongside manufactured goods such as kaftan clothing popularized during patio season time at home or abroad (a common sight among tourists). Here you can find souvlaki places, Greek Tavernas (taverns), traditional “kafeneio” or modern coffee bars, Chinese-made souvenirs, and genuine art pieces for sale; all within walking distance of each other. Visitors have plenty of options when exploring this fantastic destination!

Are you looking for an unforgettable vacation? Look no further than Athens. With its stunning architecture and rich history, this city is a must-see for any traveler.

I can create the perfect trip for you that includes visits to all of the best attractions in Athens and some hidden gems. So what are you waiting for? Contact me today, and let’s start planning your history lesson vacation!

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