Holiday Tales – Acropolis Part 3

Thought I would let the pictures do the talking..

Our first view of Athens from our hotel balcony. Tell me, couldn’t this be just about anywhere in India? I loved some of the balconies I saw there – full of greenery. Full of pots overflowing with plants! How I love those!

Then we set off to see the sights. First stop – Acropolis. Do refer to the link for more information. I love the history behind the ruins, but do no want to bore all of you by going into it 🙂

Our first view of the Acropolis

The first monument we saw was the Theatre of Herodes Atticus. It used to be an amphitheatre, with a roof. 

The view from the top. Doesn’t it look majestic? It has been renovated, is even used as an auditorium now. I think the only historical monument that is in use in Greece.

This is the Propylea. The link shows what it might have looked when intact. We had a guide who explained all this to us. It would have been ‘Greek and Latin’ to us otherwise 😉

The temple of Athena Nike – it has been reconstructed to give a fair idea of what it looked like.

The Erechtheum. This was a temple dedicated to the Greek hero Ericthonius. Check out the Porch of the Caryatids. The supports in the form of women. We got to see the originals at the New Acropolis Museum, and they were exquisite. The figures here are apparently replicas. We could not take the pics of the originals, because cameras are not allowed inside the museum. If you happen to go there, do not miss the museum – it is totally, totally worth it!

And Finally, the Parthenon. The Parthenon was a Temple dedicated to the Goddess Athena, who was the patron goddess of Athens. The Parthenon has a amazing history. Originally, a temple, it was converted into a Christian church dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and then was mosque during the Ottoman period.

The Theatre of Dionysus.

And among things so old, we found something so incredibly young 🙂

And another young one tryng to catch the view of Athens from the Acropolis..

I am exhausted with all the uploading, so I guess you must be bored with the pics, but I wanted to make a quick mention of the New Acropolis Museum. It is built on top of the ruins of an old Christian settlement. The ground floor of the museum has glass floors which allows us to see the ruins. It was fascinating, to say the last. A few pictures that we managed to click from outside.

The view of the Acropolis from the top of the New Acropolis Museum..

And that covers the main part of Ancient Athens. I was surprised to see how much Daughter enjoyed the whole day. She loved hearing about the legends, tried her best to understand what these ruins stood for. At the end of the day, she told me that she wanted to show her friends what she saw. She put away her map in her backpack, and yesterday, she took it to school and told her class all about the story of the Athena and how Athens came to be named after her 🙂 To think that I was worried if she would get bored during this part of the trip.

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18 thoughts on “Holiday Tales – Acropolis Part 3

  1. beautiful pictures.. and that auditorium WOWOW.. just imagine sitting and watching some play or show 🙂 WOW

    I know! It is so majestic, isn’t it?

    The litle one is trying to view the whole of the city 🙂 and she got to tell the whole class too 🙂

    Oh yeah, while I had my heart in my mouth 🙂 She did tell her whole class – I did not realize how excited she had been:)

    nope not bored watching the pics 🙂

    Thank you 🙂

  2. The thing about having blogger buddies who keep travelling… and keep filling us with all info !!! 😀
    Now I can also talk a bit about Athens when someone talks about it ! 😛 😛 😛

    Look who is talking! Someone just back from the most marvelous trip ever 🙂 But I know what you mean 🙂

    Sab Bandar ka Gyaan ! 😛

    LOL! yes:)

  3. Yes, as you said, it looks very much like India. The only thing is, we don’t give much importance to our history. One day I want to see the Nalanda ruins…our own proud history.

    So daughter got exited seeing these monuments. Her taste is good. And she told the story in her class too, great!

    Nice pictures…I might see these one day!

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