The meaning of Parthenon is ‘virgins chamber’ and was once dedicated to the virgin of Athena, thought to be the goddess of wisdom, and the Patron of Athens. This building was erected between 447 and 432 B.C. and ordered done by Pericles. It is one of the best built architectural structures of all time. It was so precisely constructed that the architect Ictinus had an indent placed into the structures straight line so that it would appear even straighter from a distance.
Athens Acropolis – Always a Spiritual Place
Even before these great buildings were built the site was considered a sacred place. It was the Neolithic people that settled here around 3500B.C and built smaller shrines for their deities. Around 1400B.c. it was a residence for the kings of Athens. During the 6th century B.C. the first Athena temple was constructed and thereafter the ‘Citadel of the gods.’
The Acropolis hill of Athens is still today the most important area of the Capital of Greece. It is located in the oldest part of the city and is now a highly trafficked tourist area, and one that should not ever be missed. There are general admissions tickets that are valid for all the archaeological sites of Athens, including the Acropolis, the museum, ancient Agora, the theater of Dionysus Kerameikos, the Roman Agora, and the Olympieion.
During the summer months there is a well known event which is known throughout Greece and the world. This is the Athens Festival, and at this time ancient dramas, music, operas, and ballet are performed here. In fact the Theater of Herodes Atticus built in the 2nd century is said to have fabulous acoustics.
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