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Athens, Greece is famous for the Parthenon in the Acropolis and its many ancient ruins dating back to the fifth century before Christ. In 2010, and continuing on into 2013, Athens suffers from political unrest owing to their financial difficulties. When I arrived in September of 2010, the rails were not operating, the buses were not running, and it was difficult to leave the airport, this in a country that relies more heavily on tourism than any other source of income. This page has photos of the Acropolis, the ancient Athens Agora, the Theatre of Herodus Atticus, and the Temple of Hephaestus. Point to images to see enlargements or use the Slideshow feature. See everything TheWorldinLight has to offer here: Destinations and Topics.


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photo of the Parthenon of Athens, Greece.
Parthenon #7986
The Parthenon is the most famous structure in the Acropolis of Athens, Greece.

photo of the Parthenon at night.
Parthenon at Night #7966
The Acropolis sits atop a hill at the edge of Athens. At night, the Parthenon is brilliantly lit, standing out from everything else around it.

photo of the Partheon in Athens, Greece.
Parthenon #8003
To most of us, the most notable feature of the Parthenon are the many Greek columns that border its perimeter.

photo of Doric Columns at the Parthenon.
Greek Columns #8077
This photo shows more clearly the shape of the Greek Doric Columns used in the construction of the Parthenon.

photo of the Parthenon in Greece.
Parthenon #8004
The Parthenon was built between 447BC and 438BC, when Greek culture was at its peak.

photo of Doric Columns.
Doric Columns #7998
Doric Columns were built with concave-shaped grooves around their circumference and running their length.

this is a photo of the ancient Agora of Athens.
Agora of Athens #8103
The ancient Agora of Athens is within walking distance of the Acropolis.

photo of the Tower of the Winds.
Tower of the Winds #8111
The Tower of the Winds is a marble clock tower built in about 50BCE.

photo of a Greek sculpture.
Greek Sculpture #8046
The Greeks were known for their sculptures of Greek Gods. This one resides in the Agora of Athens.

photo of the Temple of Hephaestus.
Temple of Hephaestus #8072
The Temple of Hephaestus was built beginning in 449BC. It sits on high ground above the ancient Agora of Athens.

photo of the change of the guards at the tomb of the unknown soldier.
Change of Guards #8133
This is a ceremony that takes place in the afternoon outside the Presidential Palace and the Greek Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

photo of a wall sculpture in the Acropolis.
Wall Sculpture #8014
Photo of a wall sculpture in the Acropolis of Athens, Greece.

photo of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece.
Parthenon #8009
Photo of the Parthenon in Greece.

photo of the Odeon of Herodus Atticus.
Odeon of Herodus Atticus #8017
The Theartre (or Odeon) of Herodus Atticus had a capacity of 5,000 persons. It was built in 161AD.

photo of the Theatre of Herodus Atticus.
Theatre of Herodus Atticus #8029
From the Acropolis, one can peer down into the Theatre of Herodus Atticus.

photo of the Theatre of Herodus Atticus.
Herodus Atticus #8033
Herodus Atticus built this theatre as a memorial to his wife, who died a year earlier.

photo of the Erechtheion.
The Erechtheion #7990
This is a photo of the Erechtheion in the Acropolis of Athens, Greece.

photo of the Erechtheion in the Acropolis of Athens, Greece.
Erechtheion #8005
This is a photo of the Erechtheion, Its construction was completed in 406BC. Athens fell to the Spartans three years later.

a photo of Greek columns.
Greek Columns #8007


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