Atop the Acropolis

The most visited ruin of Athens, the Acropolis was surprisingly not my favorite place to visit out of the seven ruins on the multi-site pass. But because of its historical significance, I would still recommend paying your respects if you’re in Athens.

The Theater of Dionysus was the first thing I encountered on the way up to the Acropolis. It’s fairly intact given its age, and you can see different seat designs, probably to reflect how much audience members paid for their tickets.

Stadium seating Dedicated bench After the climb

Given its elevation, there’s a great view of Athens from the Acropolis.

One view of the city Temple of Athena Nike Towards the entrance

Most of the interesting details of the Parthenon now live at the Acropolis Museum, but seeing the building in person remains awe-inspiring.

The one and only Parthenon

A tidy pile of column capitals sat around near the [Parthenon][parthenon].

A capital idea

The [Erechtheion][erechtheion] must have been Poseidon’s consolation prize since he lost the contest for becoming the city’s patron by presenting the first king of Athens a well of salty ocean water rather than Athena’s gift of the olive tree.

There, there, Poseidon

I also got a preview from up high of my next destination: the Ancient Agora.

Next stop

Written on August 17, 2016