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A Walk to Acropolis, Athens
The Acropolis, the hill on which the Parthenon and additional important ruins are located, is the first place you must see when visiting Athens. Not all its attractivenesses are on top side of the hill, so take your time to appreciate the ruins you will pass along your way upwards to the top of the hill. As a matter of fact, before starting up, take a look at the amphitheaters and the Odeon of Herod Atticus (this is one of the locatings where the Athens Festival is held in the period of summer).

This religious core of ancient Athens, which received its classical pattern in the time of Pericles, reverberated the humanist values of Greek culture and thoughts which have retained their power down to our own day. In spite of the destruction by many centuries, most notably the devastating explosion in 1687, when a Venetian grenade blew up a Turkish powder magazine which had been housed in the Parthenon and made the 2,000-year-old temple a ruin, the surviving stays on still convey something of the brilliancy of the age of Pericles.

The word Acropolis deduces from the Ancient Greek words for "high city", and this monument is one of the world's most famous ruinations. The consecrated rock on that the famous landmark perches is over 500 feet high and the towering columns have withstood the power of the elements for more than 2500 years.

The various monuments of the Acropolis complex reverberate the successive waves of occupancy which Athens has endured. But despite the demise of the Ancient Greek civilisation more than 2000 years ago, it is their architectural remains that captivate the imagination, and continue to pull millions from all over the world.

Although open throughout the year, perhaps the best time to visit this rich historical site is in the period of the spring when the proliferation of grass & wildflowers and the less intense heat, makes it extra special.
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