Built upon a limestone plateau with sheer 100-foot cliffs, your legs surely feel the climb as you make your awe-struck way upwards toward the Acropolis rising above modern Athens. Meaning “high city” in Greek, the Acropolis is considered the most important ancient site in the Western world and crowned by arguably the most famous temple in the world, the mighty Parthenon, built by the Greeks during Athen’s Golden Age in the 5th century B.C.
In front of the Acropolis lies the rugged Mars Hill, offering only slightly less incredible sweeping views of the city below than those from further up at the Acropolis. This popular perch is also the site where Apostle Paul once preached to the Athenians, though his ecclesiastical efforts yielded only a few converts.
As you make your way through the ancient entry gate of Propylea, you can see the Temple of Athena Nike to your right, further up the path the Erechtheion on your left and the famed Parthenon on your right. Below the Acropolis lies the Odeon of Herodes Atticus and 360 degrees around?
The most incredible views of Athens.
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