Located on a rocky outcrop overlooking the city, the Acropolis of Athens is an ancient citadel containing the ruins of several ancient buildings, most famously the Parthenon. Like the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty and the Colosseum, the Acropolis tops many travellers’ bucket lists. Built during the second half of the 5th century B.C, the acropolis was built as a home of Athena, the patron goddess of the city. The word acropolis comes from the Greek words akron meaning highest point and polis meaning city.
“For me there is an element of surprise every time when I see the reaction of people’s first visit the Acropolis,” Ourania says with a big smile. “When they reach the top it’s a special sort of excitement, because they’ve reached a place they’ve always wanted to see in their lives. Yet sometimes we want to visit a place without knowing why. This is part of the job of the local expert, to explain to you why.”
“The impact of the architecture of the ancient temples on top of the Acropolis is such because they generate so much beauty and harmony.,” she says of Europe’s best cultural destination. “The architecture and the art are easy to perceive, bringing sheer joy. There is no one that cannot be affected by it.”
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