Athens site seeing
Trip Start Jul 24, 2010
17Trip End Aug 10, 2010
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We woke up early and left at 8AM to arrive early at the Acropolis. On the Acropolis we visited the Temple of Athena Nike, built in 421 BC. Originally the walls displayed the Gods of Olympus with Athena in the middle. The Parthenon was impreesive! It was the best representation of Greek architecture and mathematics. Whereas the Temple of Athena Nike was religious, the Parthenon was more politcal. The Parthenon was built on a sacred rock where older temples had once stood. The Parthenon was built in 449 BC by Pericles and finished in 438 BC. Over the years it had been used as a church by Byzantines and a mosque by Ottoman Turks before being damaged by Venetians in 1687. Restoration began in 1975 and continues still.
The Theater of Dionyssos was dedicated to the god of wine and theatrical art.
Next we walked to the Grand Promenade. Then to Hadrian's Arch. Then down the street we stopped at the Temple of Olympian Zeus.
As we continued our walk we stopped at Parliament and watched the changing of the guard.
Our first museum of the day was the Byzantine Museum.
Next we visited the Cycladic Museum.
Our last museum stop was the National Archaeology Museum.
In the evening we went for Greek food and live Greek music.