World's Most-Visited Ancient Ruins

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The history and intrigue of these ancient ruins inspire travel adventures. How many have you visited?

No. 7 Acropolis, Athens

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Annual Visitors: 2 million

The Acropolis refers to the cliff-like hill used as a citadel above Athens, and its most powerful monument is the hilltop Parthenon, a seemingly intact temple to the goddess Athena that’s the symbol of both Classical Greece and the origins of democracy. Built in the fifth century B.C., the Parthenon has lost many of its friezes and marble sculptures to plundering for European museums—with sporadic negotiations to try to get them back.

Source: Greek National Tourist Board

World's Most-Visited Ancient Ruins

No. 7 Acropolis, Athens

Annual Visitors: 2 million

The Acropolis refers to the cliff-like hill used as a citadel above Athens, and its most powerful monument is the hilltop Parthenon, a seemingly intact temple to the goddess Athena that’s the symbol of both Classical Greece and the origins of democracy. Built in the fifth century B.C., the Parthenon has lost many of its friezes and marble sculptures to plundering for European museums—with sporadic negotiations to try to get them back.

Source: Greek National Tourist Board

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