For legend has it that Poseidon, God of the sea, plunged his trident
into the rock on the hill of the city, dramatically producing
a spring of water,while Athena, Goddess of wisdom created
a simple olive tree, whose produce remains a main staple
of Greek society. A panel of judges declared the Goddess
the winner, and the city was named Athena.
Strolling up and down the foothills of the Parthenon along
the pedestrian cobblestone lanes of the ancient Agora and
exploring the charming old districts in the heart of
always gives us great pleasure.
The Greek term Acropolis means "
," and whoever climbs High City
the hill is paying tribute to the prime source of Western civilization.
Visiting the Acropolis evokes the spirit of the ancient heroes
and Gods who were once worshiped there.
At the loftiest point of the Acropolis stands the Parthenon,
the architectural masterpiece conceived by Pericles and executed
between 447 and 438 BC. It not only raised the bar in terms
of sheer size, but also in the perfection of its proportions.
Dedicated to the Goddess Athena Parthenos, or the virgin Athena,
the Parthenon was built as much to honor the city's power as to
It was a lovely autumn Saturday and after having fully enjoyed
our visit to the old neighbourhoods, we visited the Acropolis
museum late in the evening to avoid tourists and to best
capture the sunlight. It was a good idea!
is located in this
historical area, southeast Acropolis
of the Rock of the Acropolis, at the beginning of the pedestrian
Areopagitou Street, which constitutes
the central route for the unified network of the city’s
Designed by architects Bernard Tschumi and Michael Photiadis ,
the museum revolves around light and movement. It was inaugurated
in the summer of 2009 and was founded to exhibit all the significant
finds from the Sacred Rock and its foothills.
The collections are hosted across three levels, as well as in the
archaeological excavation that lies at its foundations. (photo above)
Archaeologist-Hosts are available to answer your questions about
Museum exhibits but unfortunately, we didn’t find
anybody as we were late visitors.
One of the six original maidens (Caryatids) wearing delicately
draped Ionian garnments is on display.
Their heads supported the Caryatid Porch in
the Erechtheion, Athena's holiest shrine on the Acropolis hill.
All the museum is transparent as there are glass walls
all around and glass floors as well.
The view of the Parthenon from the interior of the museum is
The sight of the Parthenon has the power to stir the heart
as few other ancient relics do, I have to admit.
“The Parthenon without the marbles is like a smile with a tooth missing.”
Hope you enjoyed this little tour. Sending you sweet thoughts…