Tuesday, 6 October 2015

athens sightseeing



We spent 2 days in athens and our goal was to visit all the famous sights of this wonderful city. We were anxious that 2 days wouldn’t be enough time, however the majority of the sights are located within a stone’s throw of each other. We want to give you an insight into what to see and what you can expect from this ancient city.

We began our sightseeing at the Monastiraki Square which is located in the center of the city. From here we walked up hill towards the Acropolis which boldly stands over the city. The walk from the square to the Acropolis took us around 20 minutes. Along the route you will be met by breath-taking scenery before you eventually reach the ticket office on the edge of the Acropolis grounds.
The ticket to enter the Acropolis costs 12€ for adults and allows you to visit 5 of the city’s major tourist attractions. We found the ticket to be extremely good value as the sights are all worth seeing and well preserved. However, if you are lucky enough to be in the city on the weekend, all tourist attractions are free-of-charge.
As we finally entered the grounds of the Acropolis and climbed the steps to the first level, we could see the Herodeon which is located down a steep hill below the Acropolis. As you ascend and walk underneath the Propylaea, the Erechtheion is located to your left and the Parthenon to the front. The sheer size of the Parthenon is breath-taking, and it immediately grabs your attention. It is almost incomprehensible how they were able to build such a giant and detailed structure. The Erechtheion, although smaller, is equally as breath-taking as the Parthenon with its subtle details and complex statues joint to the rear side. As you continue to walk through the grounds you reach a platform which is overlooking the south east side of the Acropolis. Here you can see the Sanctuary of Zeus Polieus and the Theatre of Dionysus, as well as the roof of the Acropolis Museum. As the Acropolis is high above the city, from here you can see Hadrian’s Arch and the Temple of Olympian Zeus in the distance, although not that far away.
After we had enjoyed the various areas and beautiful views from atop of the Acropolis hill, we walked back through the ground and exited the Acropolis on the north east side descending the Areopagus Hill, eventually reaching the grounds of the Ancient Agora. We visited the Stoa of Attalos which is an ancient walkway that has been fully restored to its past glory. The Stoa is a strong and powerful work of architecture with columns running the entire way of the building. The floor is tiled with marble and the roof is supported by massive wooden beams.
With the breath taking sights of ancient Athens fresh in our minds, we decided to go for dinner just outside of the Stoa of Attalos and reminisce about our fantastic adventure which had taken us on a journey through time.    


Streets towards the Acropolis





Herodeon





Dress: Shelnside
Flats: H&M (similar here)
Bag: River Island (similat here)





Erchtheion

Parthenon

Erchtheion

Erchtheion

Parthenon







Parthenon


Parthenon
Parthenon


Acropolis Museum

Theatre of Dionysus




Temple of Olympian Zeus

Temple of Olympian Zeus



Erchtheion

Erchtheion






Erchtheion



Parthenon

Temple of Olympian Zeus

Temple of Olympian Zeus



Erechtheion
Erechtheion

Erechtheion




Temple of Hephaistos



Stoa of Attalos

Temple of Hephaistos


Stoa of Attalos



















Stoa of Attalos

Stoa of Attalos

Stoa of Attalos

Stoa of Attalos



Stoa of Attalos

Out and about with the GoPro:







The tickets to see this wonderful view

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