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Plaka

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  • Day2

    Nike-Tempel und Erechtheion

    June 14, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    Der Nike-Tempel ist nur sehr klein. Im Gegensatz zum Parthenon hatte er allerdings eine Tempelfunktion. So wurde hier ein Kultbild verehrt und der Siegesgöttin Athena Nike geopfert.
    Er erhebt sich auf einer kleinen Bastion südwestlich der Propyläen der Akropolis und wurde von 421-410 v.Chr. gebaut.
    Vor dem Tempel befand sich ein Altar, von dem Reste erhalten sind.

    Das Erechtheion wurde ab 421 v.Chr. gebaut. Es steht dort, wo angeblich der Palast des mythischen Königs Erichthonios gewesen sein soll.
    Der Tempel ist unsymmetrisch und verwinkelt.
    In ihm fanden alle Kulte der Gottheiten statt die schon vorher auf der Akropolis verehrt worden waren, wie Poseidon und Hephaistos.
    Insgesamt wurden ungefähr ein Dutzend Götter in diesem Gebäude verehrt.
    Auch das alte hölzerne Kultbild der Athena wurde hier aufgestellt, welches vom Himmel gefallen sein soll.

    Am auffälligsten und bekanntesten ist die Korenhalle.
    Das Dach wird von 6 Karyatiden, Mädchenstatuen (Koren), getragen. Vor allem im 6. Jhd.v.Chr waren Koren eine beliebte Weihgabe.
    Die Originale stehen im British Museum in London und im Akropolismuseum, letzteres haben wir auch besucht.
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  • Day6

    Acropolis, Athens

    June 24, 2016 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    Then a walk up the Acropolis to the structures on top ... the Parthenon WOW!!!!! There's also the Erechtheion, the Temple of Nike (yep, that's where they got the name from), the Prohylaea, the Beule Gate and more. All in varying states of ruin and restoration. Views from the top are breath taking 360deg overlooking the city of Athens, where 5m people live.

    Walked down to Plaka (historic old-city centre) which is a bit of a tourist trap, had lunch (beer, calamari, beer, cold nibbles, and beer. Yum.). Then walked back the hotel, only 30 min and through interesting streets and sites, but in nearly 40deg heat, so now we need more beer.
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  • Day62

    The Acropolis, Athens

    October 30, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Next stop was the Acropolis and I have to admit I wanted to postpone this trip to a sunnier day as it was quite overcast and I love photographing these ancient sites against a bright blue sky whenever possible. But Brad was determined to go today.

    With a €20 entrance fee, it is the most expensive site we have visited on this whole trip but I have to admit it was an amazing feeling walking where people worked and worshipped so many centuries ago. Construction of the Parthenon commenced in 447 BC and it is amazing there is still anything left to see.

    Over the years attempts at restoration have actually caused more damage and there is major restoration work still happening. Today’s restoration processes involve replacing missing sections with temporary pieces while they search to find the original piece amongst the piles of collected original pieces. It is like a giant jigsaw and it is great to see they are attempting to restore it to its original authentic state.

    The Acropolis site also contains the ruins of many shrines and temples, including the Temple of Erechtheion built between 421 – 406 BC, and a theatre, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus built in 161 AD.

    The sheer size of these structures makes you wonder how on earth they were built without the modern machinery we have today, and the location on the top of the hill would have added to those challenges. Standing amongst these amazing structures, looking over Athens is a great feeling.
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  • Day63

    Little Metropolis, Athens

    October 31, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Next to the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens is the Church of Theotokos Gorgoepikoos and Ayios Eleytherios, also known as the Little Metropolis, which is so much easier to say. Built on top of the ruins of an ancient temple dedicated to the goddess Eileithyia, the date of construction has been debated over the years with it being anywhere from the 9th century to the 13th century. Either way it is a very old building.

    And a very small one, especially compared to other historic structures. At just 7.6 metres long and 12.2 metres wide, it was built exclusively of reused marble spolia, with undecorated pieces up to the height of the windows, and a total of ninety sculptures above that. Its interior was originally decorated entirely with frescoes, but only one of these survives today, an image of the Panagia over the entrance apse. I loved the simplicity of this building as there is a real sense of its history seeping from the stonework.
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  • Day65

    The Acropolis - Athens (take two)

    November 2, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    We had a very cruisy day today, just exploring the streets surrounding where we are staying. We probably should branch out and explore more of Athens, but we are just happy winding down from our amazing trip. We also made the most of the sunny weather and revisited the Acropolis to photograph it against the brilliant blue sky. I didn’t want to pay another €20 entrance fee so I relaxed outside and people watched while Brad went back in with the camera. He did take some great photos of the Parthenon and surrounding structures.Read more

  • Day2

    Acropolis of Athens

    September 4 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Our first and only full day in Athens starts quite late. Ludo is still working on his application and, to be honest, it's way too hot to dare go outside before 5pm. While waiting for him to be ready, I venture outside aiming to find a supermarket (not the 5-star boutique of last night) to buy something decent for tonight. My best friend Google Maps leads me to a so-called "Bazaar". I am expecting an oriental mini-market but I instead find myself in front of my well-known Aldi chain! They just rebranded it for the Greek market!

    After buying the ingredients for a nice home-made dinner, I head back to the apartment to pick up Ludo and finally go discover Athens! We follow Google Maps instructions through Plaka up to the hill where we dined yesterday, but - to our dismay - the is no gate! A high fence surrounds the top of the hill where the Acropolis lies... but there seems to be no way through it. A French couple seem to be just as confused: they probably also fell victims to Google Maps.

    We start walking alongside the fence hoping to reach a gate sooner or later, while enjoying a stunning view of the city of Athens. Unfortunately, the perimeter of the Acropolis is much longer than we expected and we soon realise it will take over an hour to check it all. Thanks god, a street musician has pity of us and shows us the way to the closest gate as well as dedicates us a Greek version of "Bella ciao"! Thank you, my friend!

    So, a bit later than expected, here we are at the gate of the Acropolis archaeological site. Before climbing up to the upper section (i.e. the Parthenon), we get to explore the ruins of what used to lie at the feet of the Acropolis. And it would be already enough to fill a museum...
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Pláka, Plaka, Πλάκα, Плака

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