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Top sights in Athens

Walking the historic ruins and marveling at the flourishing art scene are only two of the thousands of other things to do in Athens, Greece. The city offers a mix of ancient history and contemporary activities, making it an ideal travel destination. Planning to travel here soon? Below are things to do in Athens in the evening, afternoon, or morning!

Acropolis of Athens

Made of limestone rock dating to the late Cretaceous period, the Acropolis of Athens is a cultural UNESCO World Heritage site home to many temples, including the Parthenon, the Propylaea, and the Temple of Athena Nike. It is a witness to the long history of Greece, being the birthplace of democracy, home to kings, home of the gods, citadel, and a religious center. Many religious festivals and decisive events in Athens history are all connected to this sacred structure.
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The Parthenon is a marble temple sitting atop Acropolis of Athens. Built between 447 and 432 BCE in the Age of Pericles, this structure is dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena Parthenos (Athena the Virgin) who’s also the city’s patron deity. The Parthenon has suffered damage over the years and has lost some of its sculptures, but the structure has remained intact. You can explore the site and view the important artifacts and remaining Parthenon sculptures at the nearby Acropolis Museum.
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Acropolis Museum

Located on top of Athens like a beautiful illuminated box, the Acropolis Museum houses over 3,000 artifacts from the most significant sanctuary of Athens - Athenian Acropolis. It has withstood the ravages of time and now has a total area of 25,000 square meters. The museum is ten times larger than that of the old museum on the Hill of the Acropolis. Some of its many treasures are the original Caryatids, portions of the Parthenon frieze, and the relief of Nike Adjusting Her Sandal.
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Temple of Olympian Zeus

The Temple of Olympian Zeus in the southeast of Athens’ acropolis, is one of the largest temples ever built in the ancient world. Also known as the Olympieion, the temple is dedicated to Zeus and shows evidence of habitation from the Neolithic period. It once had 104 Corinthian columns; although only 15 of them remain, it does not take much imagination to realize that this was one monster of a building.
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