One of the most recognizable places on earth, the Athenian Acropolis, represents the Greeks’ political and cultural achievements. The Propylaia, or monumental gateway, was built in 437-432 BC as the new entrance to the Acropolis.
The Temple of Athena Nike
This small temple, built to the western side of the Propylaia, was dedicated to Athena.
The famous temple of Athena. The temple was heavily damaged by an Ottoman era explosion. Further damage was caused by the infamous looting of much of the buildings’ sculpture by Lord Elgin. Regardless of this damage, the temple is still iconic.
The Theater of Dionysos
Lycurgus built this theater in the shadows of the temple above in 333-330.
The Theater of Herodes Atticus
Also known as the Odeion of Herodes Atticus, this theater was restored in 1955 and is still in use today. Atticus, a wealthy Roman, originally constructed this in 161 AD.
Built in 421-406, this temple today is most famous for the Porch of the Caryatids. Here part of the temple is held up by statues of women.
The temple is said to be on the mythical spot where Poseidon left his trident marks and Athena’s olive tree grew. These gods were engaged in a battle for the city, a battle that Athena ultimately one.
The temple is named for Erectheus, one of the famed mythical kings of Athens. The temple was a sanctuary for both Athena Polias and Erectheus-Poseidon