Friday, February 1, 2008

The Acropolis et al.

Acropolis - Porch of the Caryatids
Okay, everything opened today. We started at the Acropolis around 9:30am or so and it was already crowded (by our standards). But perhaps there was pent up desire since everything was shutdown yesterday? Anyway, it is a must see. But be prepared though, it is quite the construction zone. There are people everywhere and it can be a bit busy. If you are expecting some kind of mystical connection when you enter, it might not happen in these conditions.

The 12 Euros combined ticket gets you into several places:
a. Acropolis
b. Ancient Agora
c. Theatre of Dionysos
d. Roman Agora
e. Kerameikos
f. Temple of Olympian Zeus

We visited (a), (b), (d), and (f). We had to fit in the National Museum in the afternoon, so we skipped two sites.

The Ancient Agora and the excellent museum on the site was a standout for us. The well-preserved Temple of Hephaieston (in the Agora) is a pleasure to walk around and enjoy. What’s more, the Ancient Agora had way less people so it was more peaceful. Later in the day we hit the Temple of Olympian Zeus which was enjoyable as well (no museum here, just the main temple ruins). You can easily walk to and between these ruins. Best advice we could give is to easily leave a day for just six places shown above and not try to fit the museum in the same day. (We had to leave the next day, and didn’t want to miss the museum.)

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