Perched high above Athens, Greece, the Acropolis stands as a symbol of ancient Greek civilization and its enduring legacy. Dominated by the Parthenon, a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena, the Acropolis is an architectural marvel that embodies the ideals of Classical Greece. Built in the 5th century BCE, it showcases Doric and Ionic architectural styles, breath-taking sculptures, and intricate friezes that narrate mythological stories. The Acropolis served as a sacred sanctuary, a political center, and a testament to Athenian democracy, influencing Western art, philosophy, and architecture for centuries to come.
In modern-day Athens, the Acropolis is also home to the Acropolis Museum, which houses a vast collection of antiquities and objects unearthed from the Acropolis – including The Persian Horseman, an almost to-scale statue of a horse being ridden by a man dressed in Middle-Eastern style clothing.
Overlooking Athens from its position on the summit of Areopagus Hill, the Acropolis is visible from almost everywhere in the city. This is in part because there is a law in Athens that states no buildings are allowed to exceed 12 storeys, so as not to impede views of the Acropolis and the Parthenon.
A visit to this ancient wonder with Insight is one of the most incredible history experiences, one that brings the stories of this extraordinary ancient site to life.
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