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Acropolis of Athens

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Acropolis of Athens

The Acropolis of Athens is located on a rocky outcrop above the city of Athens and has been an ancient citadel from time immemorial. The Acropolis contains several ancient buildings of architectural and historic significance. The word acropolis is from the Greek phrase akron, which means “highest point, extremity” and polis, meaning “city”. Although the term acropolis is generic, the Acropolis of Athens is of such significance that it is commonly known as “The Acropolis” without further description.

The Acropolis was inhabited as far back as the 4th millennium BC, it was not until Greece’s’ golden period when Pericles (c. 495 – 429 BC) organised the construction of the site’s current buildings including the Parthenon, the Propylaia, the Erechtheion and the Temple of Athena Nike.

Masterpieces of the Acropolis of Athens

  • The Parthenon
  • The Propylaia
  • The Erechtheion
  • The Temple of Athena Nike

Acropolis of Athens

  • Name:                   Acropolis of Athens
  • Greek:                   Η Ακρόπολη των Αθηνών
  • City:                       Athens
  • Country:                Greece
  • Location:              Athens, Attica, Greece

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