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The Parthenon is a temple in the Acropolis of Athens, Greece, dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena, the goddess of wisdom, intellect, justice and war in Greek mythology. She, as the people of Athens believed, was their protector. The construction of the temple began in 447 BC and was completed in 438 BC. Decorations of the Parthenon were not finished until 431 BC.
What Makes It Special
Parthenon is a unique historic, architectural and art site. The temple is located in Acropolis which means "highest city" or citadel. There are many acropoleis in Greece. They are always located on the highest spot above the city and served as a place of hiding and defense for the population at the time of war. The Acropolis in Athens is a fascinating sight with the crown jewel of Greek and world art - Parthenon. The beauty of the Parthenon ruins with the exterior colonnade and Doric metopes on the freeze above it, sculptural decorations and the mere size of the temple give the visitor a feeling of awe and a true sense of the greatness of the ancient Greeks. Acropolis of Athens is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Directions To Destination
You can get to Athens by plain. Athens airport is a major hub in the Aegean, Balkan and East Mediterranean regions Continental, Delta and Olympic maintain nonstop flights from North America, while a large number of European carriers fly directly to Athens.
Best Time To Go
The best time is spring and fall . Summer is hot, winter has rainy and snowy periods but does not have so many tourists.
Where To Stay
We recommend to stay in:
Sightseeing is the major activity. New Acropolis Museum and plaster replicas of six caryatids are worth seeing.
Useful Visitor Information and Tips
Not a bad idea to wear solid foot wear when visiting Parthenon, the road to Acopolis is steep and ragged. Allow a full day for a tour. The entrance ticket to Parthenon give you an access to other sites, stick to it. Places of interest to travellers can be found within a small area surrounding the city center at Syntagma Square (Plateia Syntagmatos).