Things to do in Athens
The word acropolis literally means in Greek "upper city." While resting in Athens, take a hike to visit this historical destination. This outcrop of ruins emerged as a political center during the Mycenean period (15th-12th centuries BCE). During the 8th century BCE, the Athenians constructed this temple to honor their patron goddess Athena. The Acropolis then emerged as a political center in the Mycenean period (15th-12th centuries BCE).
The Parthenon, dedicated to Athens’s patron goddess Athena, is the pinnacle of the Acropolis—historically, artistically, and physically. This monument was designed by Iktinos at the height of Periclean democracy. Today, the Parthenon is recognized worldwide as a classic symbol of Western civilization. Although it took just nine years to build, many layers of the monument’s design went into its construction. The temple is predominantly Doric, but it also possesses Ionic architectural features. The Doric relief slabs portray mythic battle scenes between mortals and deities. The east pediment tells the detailed story of Athena’s birth, of when she sprang from Zeus’s head.
The National Garden is a lush oasis from the stark white architecture of Athens. The rows of palms that line the garden resemble the columns of the Parthenon. The National garden features a botanical garden, a turtle pond, romantic footbridges, vendors selling shiny oversized balloons, and a mini-zoo. The National Garden is a great family destination.
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