Athens in a day

October 21: Athens, Greece, where I got a brief dose of humbling history.

A view of the Acropolis from the balcony at my hostel, City Circus (highly recommended by the way).

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The Parthenon, located on the Acropolis, is a temple dedicated to Athena (patroness of Athens) that was used as a treasury. Construction began in 447 BC.

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The Erechtheion, also located on the Acropolis, was a sanctuary dedicated to Athena (refresher: daughter of Zeus and goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, strategic warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, and a zillion other things apparently) and Poseidon (god of the sea and “earth-shaker”). Its construction began circa 421 BC when the earlier temple to Athena was destroyed by the Persian invasion.

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In the background: Mount Lycabettus, the highest point in Athens, which has views across the Attica basin and the Aegean Sea.

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The Temple of Olympian Zeus, considered to be the largest temple in Greece, took nearly seven centuries to complete. Construction began in 515 BC.

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The Theatre of Dionysus, once used for festivals in honor of this god.

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Hadrian’s Library, created by this Roman Emperor in 132 AD:

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And the cemetery:

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I needed some nature so hit up the National Gardens.

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That evening I wandered around the touristy Plaka, known for its “authentic Greek culture,” which hosts cute cafés and bars. After polishing off a plate of gyros the size of my face, the waiter made fun of me, saying that it seemed like I hadn’t eaten in days. This was true.

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The prison of Socrates, on Filopappou Hill:

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Views of the sea from Filopappou Hill:

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Because the big city had indeed begun to feel like a circus, I bought a boat ticket for Santorini!

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2 Responses to Athens in a day

  1. Charlie says:

    Athens in a DAY! It worked for me when once in Rome, where, after a day, I caught a train to Sicily and spent a week circling the island and camping on the beaches. Have fun in Santorini!

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