Visiting the Acropolis of Athens, Greece is a must if you are in Athens. The Acropolis looms over the city and is hard to miss as you wander around Athens. The Acropolis is stunning day or night. The history that sits on the hill is truly awe-inspiring.
Acropolis of Athens, Greece
Getting to the Acropolis takes a bit of a hike of the hill but is so worth it! You can easily reach the Acropolis via the train system or one of the on-off buses.
We visited via the train station and suggest accessing the Acropolis from this entrance. You have the chance to look at the library and Theater on your way up the hill.
These are great stops to catch your breath if needed and see even more history up close and personal.
When you access the Acropolis via the on-off bus and cruise excursion entrance you only have the chance to look at these sites from above and can miss some great photo opportunities.
If possible give yourself ample time to visit the Acropolis. We visited 6 years ago on a cruise excursion and it was a bit of a crazy rush.
We missed the opportunity to see a lot of the sites and details of the Acropolis. It was a great intro to the area but I am so glad we had the chance to go back and spend more time exploring the area.
Here are a couple of videos highlighting the views from the Acropolis over Athens
To see ancient Greek writing that you know is thousands of years old is truly awe-inspiring. I kept thinking about what the artist who wrote the script would think of the Acropolis and current Athens.
The precision and care that goes into each detail truly blew my mind. Each letter of the script is precisely carved into the marble.
They are measured perfectly and proportionately to each other. Can you imagine what this took to do thousands of years ago?
They didn’t have modern tools to measure out the lettering and cut into the marble.
They hand-scripted each letter so precisely.
Sitting at the top of the Acropolis you can’t help but wonder what it was like when the buildings were complete and a city of people surrounded the area.
How much pageantry and artistry went into creating the Acropolis.
During our next visit, I really want to visit the Acropolis Museum to learn more about the structure and the art that has been preserved from the site.
I would love to learn what life was like thousands of years ago when the Acropolis was built. How did they manage to move such giant pieces of marble and measure out each piece so precisely?
How did they create the ornate details that are seen in each column and piece of the Parthenon?
A visit to the Acropolis would not be complete without a few Greek cat photos.
These cats are used to visitors and totally ham it up for a treat. They are so cute and also help cut down on the mice population for archaeologists.
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I love these pictures! I've really been wanting to travel to Greece soon but was a little discouraged after I heard about the economy. Hopefully I will get the chance to visit within the next two years. Thanks for sharing!
Melissa, We truly fell in love with Greece. The local people were amazing and so happy to share their love of Greece.
This is awesome with great and awesome tips. I plan to visit athens one soon.
Thank you so much for this. I am obsessed with Greek history and mythology. I really hope one day I get to visit Greece ♥
I wanna be like you when I grow up! Take me on a trip with you!! I am loving all of these pictures from Greece its more beautiful than I would imagine!!
I love your pictures. Seeing history up close is an amazing thing. I hope that I'd have the opportunity to visit and see one day for ourselves.
Wow! what a beautiful place! Spectacular views! Someday I want to visit Acropolis 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
These pictures are great. That's a fun fact about the cats. We saw one in the Colosseum in Rome, I wonder if it was the same idea. 🙂
wow beautiful place1! I have never been go there looks so exciting and a lot of mystery.
Simply stunning photos! Greece is a big item on my bucket list. There are so many amazing things to see there!
we were just there not too long ago!! i just wrote about this on my blog last week too 🙂 love the photos you got! isn't this place incredible? 🙂
Acropolis and the whole of Greece is among my bucket list location. The place is just so rich in history and is also really such a visual delight.
OK..... You have me so jealous over here with this post!!! Greece is on my bucket list since I'm a history major.... Ughhbhh this is some history porn right here 😉 love it!
Gosh that architecture is something else. My jaw would drop upon seeing these in person.
wauuuuu. You just took me in the city i was born. I am now living in italy but was born in greece.i remember when i was a little girl my mom use to take me and my sister t this beautiful sight. It feels heaven to be there.
GORGEOUS photos! Greece is HIGH on my travel bucket list. I really want to visit in the next two years <3
You will love Greece! It is one of our favorite places to visit!