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Day Two

The Acropolis.


After sleeping in for a bit, I headed out to a nice coffee joint called.. Coffee Joint. The staff was super friendly and the Club Sandwich is amazing, as is the coffee.

Next up was the Acropolis Museum. You can't bring your bag and while you can bring your camera inside, most of the exhibit on the first floor is off-limits for photography, so I mainly just lugged the camera around for nothing.

Acropolis museum wall

The second floor spans around the size of the Acropolis and on the wall is what used to be on the Acropolis itself.

Acropolis Museum wall

The museum is built on an archeological site and if you have a museum ticket you can take a path on the right in front of the entrance below the museum to see the foundations and sewers of houses built there in the past.

Acropolis museum basement
Acropolis museum basement Acropolis museum basement

It's pretty neat to see how the sewers were built and how each house "worked".

Acropolis museum basement Acropolis museum

The Acropolis.

Across from the museum is a smaller entrance to the Acropolis, on crowded days it's supposed to be less busy. Today, however it wasn't busy at all and there were no queues.

From the secondary entrance, the first thing you'll see is the Theatre of Dionysus. A concert theatre with a capacity of 17.000 people at it's prime.

Theatre of Dionysus
Theatre of Dionysus Theatre of Dionysus

Walking up the slopes of the Acropolis, you'll see a church that's been built into the side of the mountain.

Church at the Acropolis

It's also a dead-end, so I had to back-track to the other side to get higher up the mountain.

Acropolis
Acropolis walls Acropolis stele

The Acropolis was a place where the people of Athens worshipped Athena, the Goddess of War. They did this by commissioning statues of either Athena or themselves to be put on the mountain. In the museum you'll find loads of statues with inscriptions telling who commisioned the statue and for what reason (mostly it seemed to be a first large payment of something such as work).

It's not just statues though, since Athens was a democracy new laws would also be posted on the mountain, and people could put up their own Stele, such as the image above where a priest put up a stele which explains his services.

Odeon of Herodes Atticus

Next on the trail was the Odeon, a stone Roman theatre built into the slope of the mountain. It was completed in 161 AD.

Odeon of Herodes Atticus Theatre Odeon of Herodes Atticus View from the Acropolis

Propylaea

The Propylaea was the entrance to the Acropolis.

Propylaea
Propylaea Propylaea
Propylaea
Propylaea Propylaea
Propylaea View from the Acropolis

Parthenon

The Parthenon is a former temple, dedicated to the goddess Athena. Later on it has also been used as a Church or Mosque, depending on who occupied Athens at the time

Parthenon

It has been under construction for a long time now.

Parthenon Parthenon at the Acropolis
Parthenon Parthenon
Parthenon Parthenon

Note the horse at the end in the photo above.

Parthenon Parthenon

While up the mountain you have amazing views over Athens, and you can clearly see the places I visited yesterday.

View from the Acropolis
View from the Acropolis View from the Acropolis

Say hi to the camera man.

View from the Acropolis

Erechtheion

The Erechtheion is a temple dedicated to Athena and Poseidon.

Erechtheion Erechtheion Erechtheion Erechtheion
Erechtheion Erechtheion
Erechtheion

And with several laps done on the mountain in a very sunny 32 degrees it was time to get down the mountain and get a cold drink.

Acropolis View from the Acropolis
Cat
Greek phone booth Athens graffiti
Athens streets Athens streets Athens streets

After a delicious greek salad as dinner I made a quick lap around Plaka at night. It was 23:00 at this point and I was getting tired of walking all day.

Dog waiting for food Man reading book on sidewalk in the dark
Athens at night
Man selling nuts in the dark Woman waiting for food
News stand at night Amerikana
Acropolis at night