Athens Attractions

Places to visit, points of interest and top things to see in Athens

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Acropolis of Athens
* Overcrowded with overtourism issues
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Greece is the home to a number of acropolises or 'high cities', yet no visit to Greece would be complete without taking in the ancient splendor of the Acropolis of Athens. The Acropolis was first settled around 600 BCE and was inhabited continuously for centuries afterward. It is still the 'must-see' attraction for all of Greece.

The Acropolis is accessible only from the west as it is bordered by cliff faces in the other three directions. Visitors can either walk or arrange transport by lift to arrive at the Propylaea. The Propylaea, built between 437 and 432 BCE, is the monumental gateway to the Acropolis. The building consists of the main structure flanked by two wings. Inside the buildings, Doric and Ionic columns divided the spaces. Lavishly painted walls or panels in the north building gave the entire structure its name.

The three main temples on the Acropolis are all built upon the ruins of previous temples all dedicated to the city's patron goddess Athena... read more arrow

* Regular pre-pandemic touristic activity level.