Sunday, January 3, 2016

The hills of Athens

There are quite a number of hills in Athens, the most important of which is the Acropolis.  It was a very defensive hill and was settled over 7000 years ago.  Of course, we all know it for the Parthenon which has quite  a history of building, rebuilding and destruction over the last 2500 years.  It was originally a place where people lived, then became a temple to Athena, a church, a mosque, and an armory. 
one view of the city from atop a hill

the Parthenon

If you've seen the Elgin marbles, this is where they came from.

the Erechtheion, part of the Acropolis complex, dedicated to Athena and Poseiden
the original Karyatids now in the museum

Above is the interior of the Acropolis museum which houses many of the statues to protect them from further damage.  The building has the same orientation as the Acropolis and this top floor echoes where and how the statues were placed.  It's a must see if you are in Athens.  We unfortunately missed the Archeological museum due to a strike. 

1 comment:

Heather Dubreuil said...

Great to see you're back to blogging, Dianne, after many months. I look forward to seeing more pix and hearing more stories when we next meet!