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Acropolis, Athens

Athen, Greece

The Acropolis of Athens and its monuments are universal symbols of the classical spirit and civilization and form the greatest architectural and artistic complex bequeathed by Greek Antiquity to the world. In the second half of the fifth century bc, Athens, following the victory against the Persians and the establishment of democracy, took a leading position amongst the other city-states of the ancient world. In the age that followed, as thought and art flourished, an exceptional group of artists put into effect the ambitious plans of Athenian statesman Pericles and, under the inspired guidance of the sculptor Pheidias, transformed the rocky hill into a unique monument of thought and the arts. The most important monuments were built during that time: the Parthenon, built by Ictinus, the Erechtheon, the Propylaea, the monumental entrance to the Acropolis, designed by Mnesicles and the small temple Athena Nike.  The Acropolis of Athens is one of the most famous ancient monuments in the world. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most visited sights in all of Athens. The Acropolis is located on a large hill in the middle of the city and is a symbol of the triumph of ancient Greece.

The Acropolis was built in the 5th century BC under the ruler Pericles. It was the religious and cultural centre of ancient Greece. The Acropolis consists of a number of buildings, including the Parthenon, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Temple of the Erechtheion and the Propylaea. All the buildings are made of marble and are an impressive testimony to Greek architecture.

There are many ways to explore the Acropolis. You can walk up, take a cable car or go on a sightseeing tour. At the top of the Acropolis there is a museum with a small exhibition about the history of ancient Greece.

The Acropolis of Athens is an important symbol for the city and a beautiful place to visit some of the most important sights of the city. It is a place to remember the glorious past of ancient Greece and is an absolute must-see when you visit Athens.