Exploring Ancient Athens: monuments you must see!
We decided to help you out while you are planning your visit to Athens. There is so much to see, so much history to take in. Where do you start? And where to go next? We have made a list of the most attractive Ancient Athens monuments for you to help you get the most out of this holiday.
Acropolis & Parthenon
We’re pretty sure it is on your list, but it is rightfully there. The hill in the center of Athens with the Parthenon Temple perched on top of it is one of the world’s most famous landmarks. The temple was built within only nine years during the reign of Pericles in the 5th century BCE and it is a stunning example of Greek architecture. You cannot help but wonder how it was built without modern technology. If you are planning to visit the Acropolis during July or August, keep in mind that temperatures are high and you should wear comfortable shoes that are suitable for uneven terrain.
Ready, set… go! Although the stadium was built around 330 BCE, it has quite a history of reconstruction after falling repeatedly into decay. It was rebuilt for the first modern Olympic Games at the end of the 19th century and the last renovation took place before the 2004 Olympics, when the Archery competition was held in the stadium. It is a majestic place and if you can imagine yourself running there… well, you can make your dream come true as it is the place where the authentic Athens Marathon finishes!
Odeon of Herodes Atticus
If you get a chance to, attend a concert at this wonderful place. It was built in memory of Herodes Atticus’ wife and provides magical settings for an unforgettable night out in Athens.
The building itself is in stark contrast with its exhibits, but it should definitely be on your list. The building has a total exhibition space of 14,000 square meters and can count itself among the ten best museums in the world. Beautifully designed by Bernard Tschumi, it houses artifacts that were found at the slopes of Acropolis hill and that describe its turbulent history.
The Tower of Winds
Located in the Roman Agora, it is believed to be the world’s first weather station and merchants used it to read the weather. Although no one knows exactly how it worked, we do know that it would give merchants information about when their goods would arrive. Food for thought: it even worked in the dark!
The Temple of Poseidon and its surroundings are of great beauty. It is the perfect place to watch the sunset, either for couples to enjoy romantic moments or for photography enthusiasts to capture fantastic images. It is located 68 km outside of Athens and accessible by public transport. You can also combine your visit to the monument with a swim in the beautiful Aegean Sea at Cape Sounion. A win-win situation!
These monuments are at the top of our list, but there are many more. You can visit the Temple of Zeus, the Ach of Hadrian or the Theater of Dionysus. How about the Kerameikos Cemetery? Other monuments such as Acrocorinth and Delphi are relatively close to Athens and provide excellent destinations for a daytrip. So many things to see, so little time… Maybe you should start planning your next visit to Athens?