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April 10, 2006 - Acropolis - I take the Metro from Omonia Square to the Acropolis. 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).

Theatre of Herodes Atticus- used to stage events at the annual Hellenic festival.


Erechtheion (Old Temple)

Temple of Athena Nike

Temple of Athena Nike

View of Athens and the Ancient Agora from Areopagus Rock - the site of the Council of Nobles and the Judicial Court, as well as where St Paul preached.
Views of the Acropolis from other Athens viewpoints
The Acropolis is visible from many locations around Athens

The Acropolis from Strefi Hill

The Acropolis from Temple of Olympian Zeus

View of Athens, the Acropolis & Saronic Gulf from Lykaviotos Hill

Once I take a few photos and leave the summit of the Acropolis, the crowds are gone and the noise level diminishes. In fact, it is downright tranquil as I walk down the Panathenic Way to the Agora and the Temple of Hephaistos.

The Church of the Holy Apostles

Frescos in the ceiling of the Church of the Holy Apostles

Temple of Hephaisteion

Reconstruction of the Acropolis as viewed from the Hephaisteion

I'll return to the Acropolis either at the 8am opening time, or late afternoon when the crowds are less. I still have to see the South Slope, where the two theatres of Herodes Atticus and Dionysos are located. I also still have to see the Acropolis Museum.

April 12, 2006 - Wednesday - I set my alarm for 7am and was out the door shortly after 8am. I am at the Acropolis entrance and want to see the Acropolis Museum. The only problem is the ticket I have can only be used once for the Acropolis itself!  I am disappointed, but there is more to see using my combination ticket:

bulletThe Tower of the Winds or the Horologion of Kyrrhestos, Roman Agora. The Tower of the Winds is of particular interest to me, especially after hearing a talk on Zarbula's Sundials at the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Victoria Centre a few months ago. The Tower of the Winds holds special significance since it is a sundial, a compass, a weather vane, and a water clock. The tower was built in the first century AD by Andronikos of Kyrrhos, a Syrian astronomer.
bulletThe Roman Forum
bulletLibrary of Hadrian


Tower of the Winds

Tower of the Winds

Tower of the Winds

The Roman Forum, Fethiye Mosque in background

Library of Hadrian

Library of Hadrian


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