From the top of the Acropolis you can look down and see Athens through the ages. Off in the distance is the modern Athens, with its traffic, buses, street cars, subway, apartments and businesses. Then directly below the mount on one side is the older district of Plaka. Plaka is the old Athens, but not the ancient city, whose narrow streets are home to jewelry stores, tavernas, restaurants, and souvenir shops. At night, Plaka is aglow with nightlife, lit by candles, the air filled with the aroma of Greek cooking and the sounds of its music.
On the other side of the Acropolis is Ancient Agora, the first city of Athens which was laid out around the 6th Century BC. Agora was the social, governmental and trade center of Athens. It was here that democracy was founded, and where Plato and Socrates taught. The second photo is looking down from the Acropolis at Mars Hill. This is where the Apostle Paul preached to the Athenians, with Ancient Agora to the left.
The third photo is the Odeon of Herodes Atticus at the base of the Acropolis. Built in 161 AD (rather new for its surroundings) by Herodes Atticus in memory of his wife, this 5,000 seat amphitheater is still used for music concerts today. Contemporary artists like Andrea Bocelli and Yanni’s “Live at the Acropolis” were performed there.
The fourth photo is the Temple of Olympian Zeus as seen from the Acropolis.
This temple started out to be one of the wonders of the ancient world in 520 BC, but was never finished. The last three photos show how massive this site is. Tryto picture what it would have looked like if it had been completed.
Athens was one of the first great cities of the world and to really know it you need to spend more than the single day we had.
My next post- Thermopylae, the last stand of the 300 Spartans