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Top 5: Historic Sites in Athens, Greece

by Megan Hill

Dec 8, 2015

Hadrian’s Arch, Athens, Greece © Galina Mikhalishina | Dreamstime

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In Athens, reminders of ancient civilizations are never far from view. The famous Acropolis, the hill where the ancient Greeks built their Parthenon, stands taller than any building in town. And collections of ruins sit in underground metro stations, behind fences in the middle of neighborhoods and even beneath the Acropolis Museum, which was built over the remains of a post-Roman settlement.

 

Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, Greece © Vangelis B | Flickr

© Vangelis B | Flickr

 

Panathenaic Stadium

The enormous, gleaming white marble Panathenaic Stadium offers a free audio tour in multiple languages.

 

The Acropolis, Athens, Greece © Bstefanov | Dreamstime

© Bstefanov | Dreamstime

 

The Acropolis

The Acropolis, the hill atop which sits the ancient citadel, with famous buildings like the Parthenon and the Propylaia, the Erechtheion and the Temple of Athena Nike. Make time to stop by the associated museum, which houses important artifacts and art.

 

The Temple of Hephaestus, Athens, Greece © Lefteris Papaulakis | Dreamstime 24416134

© Lefteris Papaulakis | Dreamstime

 

The Greek Agora

The Greek Agora has the well-preserved Temple of Hephaestus and other ruins like the Stoa (marketplace).

 

The Odeum of Herodes Atticus, Athens, Greece © Antonio Gravante | Dreamstime 60727193

© Antonio Gravante | Dreamstime

 

The Odeum of Herodes Atticus

The Odeum of Herodes Atticus is a restored Roman theater sitting just beneath the Acropolis. An array of plays and concerts are still held here, with world-renowned performers filling the calendar. Bonus points if you can find one that fits with your visit.

 

Hadrian's Arch, Athens, Greece © Digitaldave | Dreamstime 12326607

© Digitaldave | Dreamstime

 

The Arch of Hadrian

The Arch of Hadrian was built to welcome the ancient Roman emperor Hadrian.

 

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