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Private tour in Athens Acropolis & New Museum

Athens is a place of great cultural interest, as well as a vivid and modern city. The harmonious and perfectly balanced fitting between the old and the new age makes this city unique. Travelers attracted to Athens by an interest in the history of the ancient world's cultural capital have many choices to make. In this page we post our photos from Acropolis and new Museum...Although we have greatly enjoyed traveling around Greece, checking out places, taking photos and writing our text, as we are sure you can appreciate, it was at great expense and also time consuming. We continue to develop the site updating and adding new information constantly. Therefore we kindly ask any interested party who wishes to copy any part of the site - text or photos - to contact us and make a proposal before doing so. Thank you for your co-operation.

The Acropolis, consisting of the words Akron (edge, summit) and Polis (city), means "the highest/ edge point of a city", is certainly the focal point of any visit and every archaeological tour undoubtedly starts with the Parthenon , the temple that symbolizes Greek architecture and represents the very core of Greek civilization. Built in 448-438 B.C. from a design by Phidias, Ictinus and Callicrates, the temple is a classic example of the Doric order, with a colonnade of eight columns at each end. Its structural and decorative elements were based on complex mathematical calculations, successfully expressing in architecture the harmony of proportions already experimented with and codified by Polyclitus in his sculpture. The underlying principles are probably to be found in the philosophical debates of the Pythagoreans and Anaxagoras regarding universal harmony.

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The Acropolis of Athens was both a fortress and a sanctuary mainly for the worship of the goddess protecting the city, goddess Athena, after whom the city was named. Light is the word that comes to mind when one looks up at the holy rock of the Acropolis. Every city in ancient Greece had its own acropolis, the equivalent of the fortress in medieval times. An acropolis was always built on a rock or a hill overlooking the city, not necessarily the highest one but the one with a water supply was chosen. High walls were built around it in order to offer refuge and protection to the citizens in case of invasion or war.

Herodion Theater  It was built in 161 AD by an Athenian donator Herodes Atticus in memory of his wife, Aspasia Annia Regilla. It was originally a steep-sloped theater with a three-story stone front wall and a wooden roof made of expensive, cedar of Lebanon timber. It was used as a venue for music concerts with a capacity of 5,000. It lasted intact until it was destroyed and turned into a ruin by the Heruli in 267 AD. The audience stands and the orchestra (stage) were restored using pentelic marble in the 1950s. Since then it has been the main venue of the Athens Festival, which runs from May through October each year, featuring a variety of acclaimed Greek as well as International performances. In 1957 Maria Callas performed at the Odeon as part of the Athens Festival

 

The Theater of Dionysus Eleuthereus is a major theater in Athens, built at the foot of the Athenian Acropolis. Dedicated to Dionysus, the god of plays and wine (among other things), the theater could seat as many as 17,000 people with excellent acoustics, making it an ideal location for ancient Athens' biggest theatrical celebration, the Dionysia. It was the first stone theater ever built  and supposedly birthplace of Greek tragedy. The remains of a restored and redesigned Roman version can still be seen at the site today. It is sometimes confused with the later, smaller and better-preserved Odeon of Herodes Atticus, located nearby on the southwest slope of the Acropolis.The site was used as a theater since the sixth century BC. The existing structure dates back to the fourth century BC but had many other later re modellings.

Erecthion The last addition to the Acropolis before the end of the 5th century B.C. was the new temple of Athena Polias, known throughout history as the Erechtheum, after the Attic name for Poseidon (the old patron of the city). It was built north of the Parthenon, between 421 and 405 B.C, to a plan by Philocles or according to some - Callicrates or Mnesicles. The Ionic portico with six columns on the east gives access to the cella, where the ancient wooden cult icon of Athena Polias was devotedly kept. On the west side, on different levels, were spaces for the cults of Poseidon Erechtheum, Hephaestus, the hero Butte and the serpent - boy Erichthonius, particularly dear to Athena.

 
 

The Acropolis Museum  is an archaeological museum focused on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens. The museum was founded in 2003, while the Organization of the Museum was established in 2008. It opened to the public on 20 June 2009. Nearly 4,000 objects are exhibited over an area of 14,000 square meters. The Organization for the Construction of the new museum is chaired by Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

For the first time after the completion of the archaeological excavations on the rock, all important findings of the Acropolis will be exhibited together within a single area of 14.000 square meters with the main aim of narrating the history of the Acropolis and its foothills. From prehistoric to classical times and then to Hellenistic, Roman and up to later antiquity, the rich collections of the museum will convey to the visitor the presence of man at the Acropolis. At the same time, the extensive ruins of the Ancient city of Athens, brought to surface at the site where the Museum is built, will enrich the exhibition  programme.

The New Museum of the Acropolis is situated in the historic area of Makriyannis, southeast of the Rock just opposite the Dionysus theater. Acropolis Museum ticket is 6 euro Opening Hours from 08.00 to 20.00 Monday is closed Telephone: +30 - 2103214172  - 2103210219 - 2109238724.Attention: No Photos or Video are allowed. We continue updating and adding new information constantly. Athens/ Acropolis Greece Taxi Minivan Service +30 6973057711

Athens Acropolis Private Tour