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When we refer to Acropolis of Athens we mean the rock on which there are built the Parthenon, the Temple of Athena Nike and the Propylaea, the Erechtheum and other smaller buildings. The rock was used as a natural reserve, a warehouse and administrative space in case of a siege of Athens and had buildings of stone and wood, until Pericles decided the construction of the buildings that remain today. The architects Iktinos and Kallikratis and the sculptor Phidias were the designers and the people responsible for the execution of the Parthenon. The works of the Parthenon began in 447 BC and continued until 432 BC. The other buildings were completed before 406 BC, while there were many additions to the cluster, the most important of which is the theatre of Herod Atticus, in 161 AD. Pericles, in order to build Acropolis used the money of the Delian League, which caused severe reactions inside and outside of Athens by Pericles' rivals, who accused him of squandering public money and embezzlement of foreign money in times of war, as at that time Athens was beginning a war towards Sparta. Later, the Parthenon was used as a temple, a mosque and as a gunpowder storehouse during the Byzantine period and the Turkish occupation. The buildings were bombed, cracked by earthquakes and plundered by Byzantines, Franks, Turks and English over the centuries. Nevertheless, the Parthenon still inspire awe and is one of the wonders of the ancient world .
How to get there: Acropolis can be reached with the metro, line 2, station name "Acropolis"; or lines 1 and 3, station name "Monastiraki" and then walk through Plaka and Ancient Market (ancient "agora").
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