Acropolis Tour Athens, 2 hrs.
Acropolis means a citadel or fortified part of an ancient Greek city, typically built on a hill. The Acropolis of Athens is just so impressive, famous and important that it is the only one that the world refers to as The Acropolis – without the need to add the name of the city.
Easily the most popular monument in Athens, Acropolis deserves a detailed tour to it including the Erechtheion, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Propylaia, and, of course, the Parthenon.
Located in the center of Athens, Acropolis is on an elevation. The domineering hill is next to the Plaka neighbourhood, just south of the Agora. There are many monuments on the hill and it offers wonderful views over Athens.
We will look at how the rock of the Acropolis itself serves as a reference point for the modern development of Athens. You will learn how this site grew and evolved along with the city of Athens.
Your guide will point out differences between Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian orders of architecture and also characters from Greek mythology.
Your local guide will talk about the most celebrated myths of ancient Athens, its greatest religious festivals, earliest cults and how several decisive events in the city’s history are all connected to this sacred precinct.
The monuments of the Acropolis stand in harmony with their natural setting. These unique masterpieces of ancient architecture combine different orders and styles of Classical art in a most innovative manner and have influenced art and culture for many centuries.
The Acropolis of the fifth century BC is the most accurate reflection of the splendour, power and wealth of Athens at its greatest peak, the golden age of Perikles. Your professional guide will give a great understanding of this as part of the Acropolis tour in Athens.
In the mid-fifth century BC, when the Acropolis became the seat of the Athenian League and Athens was the greatest cultural centre of its time, Perikles initiated an ambitious building project which lasted the entire second half of the fifth century BC.
Athenians and foreigners alike worked on this project, receiving a salary of one drachma a day. The most important buildings visible on the Acropolis today – that is, the Parthenon, the Propylaia, the Erechtheion and the temple of Athena Nike, were erected during this period under the supervision of the greatest architects, sculptors and artists of their time.
The temples on the north side of the Acropolis housed primarily the earlier Athenian cults and those of the Olympian gods, while the southern part of the Acropolis was dedicated to the cult of Athena in her many qualities.
You can choose to book a private tour or join a small group of max 8 people to enjoy Acropolis tour in Athens.
Acropolis tour in Athens runs everyday and start at 80 Euros.