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Acropolis & Ancient Agora

April 10, 2006 – Monday – Athens, Greece

I take the Metro from Omonia Square to the Acropolis (€12 admission). Unfortunately I don’t arrive until 9:45am (it opens at 8am), so I get to join the crush of the crowds of bus tours and Greek school children who are swarming over the Parthenon, the Propylaia, and the Temple of Athena Nike. The crowds weren’t quite as bad around the Erechtheion (Old Temple) and Odeion of Herdes Atticus (Herodion) theatre.

View of the Ancient Agora from the Pantheon
View of the Ancient Agora from the Pantheon

Once I take a few photos and leave the summit of the Acropolis, the crowds thin and it is downright tranquil as I walk down the Panathenic Way to the Ancient Agora and the Temple of Hephaistos. I also visit the beautiful Holy Apostles 11th century Byzantine church, which has some wonderful fresco fragments inside. I’ll return to the Acropolis again – either at the 8am opening time, or late in the afternoon when the crowds are less. I still want to see the Dionysos theatre and the Acropolis Museum.

Xapas Taverna

I try a new restaurant tonight – Xapas, 58 Methonis, dining alone from 7:30-8:30pm. All their entrees seemed to be vegetarian, so I had Spinach Pie and Greek Salad, which were both excellent. Cost was €12.50. Last night I noticed that their customers arrived earlier, because when I walked by on my way home, they were jam-packed with a bunch of 20-somethings by 7:30pm, with some playing musical instruments.

Acropolis
13 photos
  • The Acropolis from Strefi Hill
    The Acropolis from Strefi Hill
  • Odeion of Herdes Atticus (Herodion)
    Odeion of Herdes Atticus (Herodion)
  • The Propylaia
    The Propylaia
  • The Propylaia
    The Propylaia
  • The Erechtheion
    The Erechtheion
  • The Erechtheion
    The Erechtheion
  • The Erechtheion
    The Erechtheion
  • View of the Ancient Agora from the Pantheon
    View of the Ancient Agora from the Pantheon
  • Church of the Holy Apostles
    Church of the Holy Apostles
  • Fresco in the dome of the Church of the Holy Apostles
    Fresco in the dome of the Church of the Holy Apostles
  • Stoa of Attalos
    Stoa of Attalos
  • Temple of Hepaistos
    Temple of Hepaistos
  • Reconstruction of the Acropolis as viewed from the Hephaisteion
    Reconstruction of the Acropolis as viewed from the Hephaisteion

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