Very few monuments in the world are as impressive as the Acropolis. Its history alone is enough to make it on everyone’s bucket list. What makes it even more special is how it has immensely influenced architecture in every part of the world. I can’t think of any country which doesn’t have a public building with doric, ionic or corinthian (Humanities, anyone?) columns. The perfection of the Parthenon is well-known, further testament to why it is still around even after almost 2500 years of war, pollution, and vandalism.
Staying at a hotel close by meant an easy stroll through Dionysiou Areopagitou, the marbled, pedestrian walkway to the entrance of the Acropolis. Saw a lot of interesting doors along the way.
We made it there right before opening at 8 a.m., got our tickets which are apparently good for 4 days, then were off.
Coming from a country that’s been under 3 different colonial powers, I’ve always had an issue with those who’ve ransacked colonies and carted off with whatever they could get their hands on. Seemed to be the case with Lord Elgin and his merry band of marble thieves. Will be going to the new Acropolis Museum later to see what few treasures are left.
Where’s Robin Hood when you need him?
Onto the Acropolis Museum…