Sunday, August 24, 2008

Views from the Acropolis

The day I visited the Acropolis, it was hot and windy, but the air was clear, affording views across the city to the sea.This gives you an idea of the sheer drop off at the northeast corner of the Acropolis. Looking east towards the Lykavittos Hill, the highest point in Athens.
Southwest is the Filopappos Hill. To the Ancient Greeks it was the Hill of Muses. The structure at the top is the remaining fragment of the Monument of Philopappus (AD 114-116). Also here is where Morosini fired his cannon at the Parthenon in 1687.The new Acropolis Museum was unfortunately not yet open during my visit.The ruins of Theatre of Dionysos is actually in part a Roman structure which could seat 17,000. It was built on the site of previous theatres where the original plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripedes and Aristophanes were first held.
Nearby is the smaller but better preserved Theatre of Herodes Atticus, built by the Romans as well between 161 and 174 AD, originally roofed in cedar, and has a seating capacity of 5,000. It is still in use today.
The front of the Theatre of Herodes Atticus.
To the Northwest is the next stop, the ancient agora, including the well-preserved temple Hephaisteion.

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