Acropolis of Athens

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Acropolis of Athens

The Acropolis was the center of Athenian culture and worship for millenia. As the heart of Western civilization, it's now one of the world's foremost heritage sites and an essential addition to any sightseer's bucket list. Here are a few reasons why.

  • Geology formed the foundations of Athenian culture

    1. Geology formed the foundations of Athenian culture

    The limestone hill's shallow caves and steep slopes provided prime Neolithic real estate, and its freshwater springs may have inspired the myth of Athena – a fertility goddess!

  • It was the center of government

    2. It was the center of government

    Acropolis means "highest point" and as the most fortified site, became the seat of Athenian kings until the realities of the republic pushed administrative buildings further out.

  • The original buildings were destroyed by Persians

    3. The original buildings were destroyed by Persians

    It had been a dedicated site of worship for just 30 years before being sacked by the Persians in 480BC. Afterwards, Pericles began a construction project that lasted 50 years!

  • It was in relatively good condition until 1687

    4. It was in relatively good condition until 1687

    The Parthenon was used as an Ottoman garrison from 1458. During the Morean War, Venetian artillery blew its gunpowder supply and significantly damaged the Acropolis' temples.

  • Restoration began in 1975

    5. Restoration began in 1975

    The archaeological site is still being partly restored, but you'll see the Parthenon, Erechtheion, Temple of Athena Nike, and the Propylaea gateway among the ruins on your tour!

Planning Your Visit

  • Booking tickets?

    Admission prices begin at €12 (€6 concessions). Skip the lines by booking a tour in advance!

  • What are the opening times?

    The Acropolis is open to visitors between 8:00AM and 8:00PM from April to October, and until 5:00PM from November to March.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open daily from 8:00AM to 8:00PM in the summer, until 5:00PM in the winter.
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult admission tickets start at €12.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out these best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    The Acropolis is within walking distance from most hotels in city center!
  • Additional information

    • Wear comfortable walking shoes!

    • If you're visiting in the summer heat, dress accordingly and bring some water.

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What people are saying about Acropolis of Athens

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Excellent tour. Kimon was a brilliant guide who involved the whole group and brought the Acropolis to life. He didn't only give us information, he presented it in a really interesting and thought-provoking way. Really fantastic; this was an experience I think we will always remember.

Kimon was our tour guide and he was absolutely excellent. He had a wealth of knowledge about all of the artifacts and the architecture. He was friendly and engaging. He made the tour of the museum an unforgettable experience! A million thanks Kimon!

I love to do the bike tours wherever I go and this one did not not disappoint. Our guide Kostas loves what he does and it shows. Very engaging and knew the best photo spots.

Well worth the money to see and learn about these beautiful ruins. Our guide was worried about talking too much but I could have listened for hours. Very knowledgeable.

Natasha was informative and friendly. It was a great way to learn more and interact more with the vast history of the Acropolis.