Acropolis (Ακρόπολις) (Athens)

Acropolis Athens



Location: Dionyslou Areopagitou, Plaka, Athens
Tel. 210 321 0219
Subway: Acropolis
Bus: 230, 231
Open: 8am- 7:30pm daily Apr- Oct
8:30am- 3pm daily Nov- Mar
Closed: 1 Jan, 25 Mar, Easter, 1 May, 25, 26 Dec


Description of the Athenian Acropolis

Athenian Acropolis is the religious, cultural and political historic center of the ancient Greek capital. Athenian Acropolis, which literally means "a city on the edge" was central to religious and cultural life of the city. Most of construction date to the 5th century BC when Greek political leader Pericles persuaded his countrymen to start a construction of religious buildings on the hill overlooking the city. Parthenon was constructed in the 5th century BC and dedicated to Greek goddess Athena. According to a legend she had a bet with god Poseidon, ruler of seas, over ownership of the city and she won. Thus the city was named after her and protected by her. The Theatre of Dionysus (party- animal god of wine and getting plastered) was added in the 4th century on the South slope of the complex. Later Theatre of Herodes Atticus was added during Roman reign in the 2nd century AD.

Acropolis Athens Map