The Acropolis of Athens

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The term Acropolis, with ‘acro’ meaning high and ‘polis’ meaning city, literally means the ‘high city’. It is the greatest and finest sanctuary, dedicated to the Goddess Athena. Though many other places in Greece have an acropolis, it is The Acropolis of Athens, which holds the most significance.

It is the most savored tourist destination in Athens and is one of the must-see for people who have interest in history and archeological places. Put the best science, art and philosophy together in one construction and you get the definitive landmark of human civilization.

Getting to the Acropolis is easy and more pleasant than ever because the large avenues which border the south and west of the landmark have been turned into giant pedestrian streets with cafes and restaurants making the walk quite pleasant.

During the summer, unless it’s overcast, go early or late in the day. It can get extremely humid and gasping for breath can take away from your ability to marvel at the greatest of all archaeological sites.  Make sure you pack a water bottle or buy one before you reach the ticket stand as the only 2 vending machines they have are often out of order or when they do work, the lines are incredibly long.

Although you may want to relive your childhood memories of Hercules and wander around like a Greek God, avoid wearing leather sandals as the marble pavement is exceptionally slippery.

Tickets cost 12 Euros each and allow entrance to all the major monuments of Athens that you can visit on foot. The tickets are valid for entry to Ancient Agora, South Slope of the Acropolis, North Slope of the Acropolis, Roman Agora, Kerameikos, Temple of Olympian Zeus, and Hadrian’s Library.

You may choose to visit these sites on different days using the same ticket, but if you are in a hurry, the tour can be done in one busy day.

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