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The Acropolis Museum

The Acropolis Museum

Acropolis Museum

The Acropolis Museum is one of the most visited Archaeological Museums in Greece.

Highlights of the Acropolis Museum

  • Caryatids of Erechtheum
    • A Caryatid is a name given to a column which is in the form of a standing female figure. The most famous Caryatids are from the Erechtheion on the Acropolis of Athens. The Erechtheion is a marble temple building in the Ionic order and was considered the most sacred part of the Acropolis.

      At the south porch of the Erechtheion, the roof was supported by six statues of maidens known as the Caryatids. An ancient inscription of the Erechtheion refers to the Caryatids simply as Korai (maidens). The Greek term karyatides means “maidens of Karyai,” an ancient town of Peloponnese.

      Initially, there were six maiden statues, today at the site you can only see five. One of the Caryatids was removed by Lord Elgin in 1801 and is today located in the British Museum. The Caryatids at the Erechtheum on the Acropolis of Athens are copies, as the five remaining originals are in the Acropolis Museum for their protection, conservation, and restoration.

  • Peplos Kore
    • The Peplos Kore is one of the most well-known and popular pieces of Archaic Greek art. Peplos refers to the type of robe or shawl-like fabric draped over the figure, and Kore means a girl or young female. This white marble statue stands 1.17 cm high, was made around 530 BC and was originally colorfully painted. The figure was found, in three pieces, in an 1886 excavation near the Erechtheion on the Acropolis of Athens.

      Historians and archaeologists debate whether this status is part of the Kori tradition of a mortal girl. Or is she a goddess. Her eyes are focused on a distant object, and her smile is referred to as the “archaic smile.”  The body is sculpted in the round; however, only the front of the body displays fine detail.

The Acropolis Museum

  • Name:                  Acropolis Museum
  • Greek:                  Μουσείο Ακρόπολης
  • City:                     Athens
  • Country:              Greece
  • Established:         2009
  • Type:                    Archaeological Museum
  • Collection:           4,250+ objects
  • Location:              Dionysiou Areopagitou Street, Athens, Greece
  • Transit access:     Akropoli

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Photo Credit:By Tomisti (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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