Theatre of Dionysos

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  • Day2

    Theatre of Dyonisos

    September 4, 2020 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    After walking through endless columns and statues, we reach the main attraction of the lower section of the Acropolis archaeological site: the Theatre of Dyonisos. As the name hints, it's a classic Greek threatre still well conserved.

    The temperature is not too extreme, but Ludo seems to be quite exhausted and seeks comfort by sitting on a flat stone nearby. Of course, it turns out to be an ancient archaeological find and Ludo is immediately scolded by a local guide.
    We have been in Greece for 24 hours and we are already on the blacklist... 🤦‍♀️
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    Ludovico Castelvetri

    The amount of knowledge of this place was too much for my limited brain (I have the memory of a floppy disk 💾🧠). I had to rest while Elisa kept on running aroung...

  • Day6

    Acropolis Museum

    June 24, 2016 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Visited this magnificent Museum today prior to visiting the Acropolis itself. An excellent idea as we then knew what we were looking up top without having to figure it out along the way. Our Tour Guide gave us much info...

    The museum starts below ground, seen through glass courtyard and walkways. Ancients ruins apparently lie beneath much of this area...

    Ground floor houses items found around the base of the Acropolis, mainly items used and owned by the folk who lived in the area surrounding this huge sacred site. Photos prohibited.

    Second floor houses more archeological items, statues, panels, marble structures. Photos allowed in part.

    Top floor laid in the shape and size of the Parthenon, with panels and sculptures laid out in the positions they occupied around the roof of the Parthenon. Ingenious, and very engaging.

    A bit sad to see the number of replicas on display (identifiable due to being white, rather than yellowed as the genuine items are...) as a result of the plundering by the Brits and others a couple hundred years back. Many items are housed in the London Museum and there's quite a push by Greece for their return.
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    Richard n Sheila Travels

    White panels left (replicas of artifacts held elsewhere), yellowed panels right are the actual original artifact. Almost all of the statues at right are replicas just a few original fragments among them.

    Richard n Sheila Travels

    Statues from left end of the west frieze of the Parthenon.2 horse heads are actual items, white are replicas. The detail and finish of marble statues are remarkable. These are a little larger than life size.

    Richard n Sheila Travels

    Another look below ground...

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  • Day2


    June 14, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    Das Dionysos-Theater befindet sich am Fuß der Akropolis und war Teil des Heiligtum des Dionysos, zu dem auch ein Tempel gehörte.
    Schon im frühen 6. Jhd. v.Chr. ehrten die Athener hier Dionysos mit Tänzen und Chorgesängen.
    Im Jahr 534 v.Chr. wurde hier der Dialog geboren und damit das Theater. Seinen ersten Höhepunkt erreichte es mit Aischylos, Sophokles und Euripides.
    Zu Beginn schauten die Zuschauer noch vom Berghang aus zu, um 490 v.Chr. wurden Ränge ausgehoben und Holzbänke aufgestellt, bis im Jahr 330 v.Chr. die Holzbänke durch Steinbänke ersetzt wurden. Es erhielt damit seine heutige Form.
    Die städtischen Dionysien dauerten 7 Tage, an 3 Tagen wurde Theater gespielt. Je drei Dichter konkurrierten miteinander. Jeder führte drei Tragödien auf und ein Satyrspiel (Vorläufer der Komödie).

    In der ersten Sitzreihe stellte man schlussendlich marmorne Sitze mit Lehnen auf, welche für die Priester und Würdenträger vorgesehen waren.
    Der mittlere, mit Reliefs verzierte Sitz stand dem Dionysos-Priester zu.
    Unter Kaiser Nero wurde die Bühne so verändert, dass Gladiatorenspiele möglich waren. In dieser Zeit entstanden auch die Reliefs an der Vorderbühne, die mythische Szenen darstellen: links die Geburt des Dionysos, daneben ein Opfer für den Gott, rechts die Verehrung des Gottes.
    Es bot Platz für 17.000 Zuschauer.
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  • Day9

    Students Headed to Mykonos - Us Free Day

    May 19, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

    After a fantastic tour of the Acropolis with our guide, Dorina, 8 of the students headed overnight for a fast and furious 24 hour trip to Mykonos. It took a bit of coordination - calling home for additional funds, reserving a villa on the island, and securing seats on a charter plane so as to be back in Athens for our good-bye dinner. Dan, Sarah and I opted to seek out the remains of Theater of Dionysus and Aristotle's Lyceum. Ended with dinner at the base of the Acropolis.Read more

  • Day17

    Syntagma Metro

    July 10, 2016 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    On my way to check out the Cycladic Museum, I used the opportunity to check out the artifacts at the Syntagma Metro stop. When the metro was being built in the 1990s, there were several delays because the excavation of the tunnel unearthed several antiquities. The most impressive being an ancient gravesight. Preserved being glass you can see a cross section of the ancient city below the modern one.Read more

  • Day13

    Plaka and Accropolis Muesem

    October 4, 2017 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Plaka is one of the oldest suburbs in Athens. It is located on the north east slopes of the Acropolis. It is characterised by its narrow cobblestone streets and beautiful old buildings filled with shops and restaurants. You will find some amazing ruins including the Ancient Agora and a number of museums. I loved the buildings, such foreign architecture when compared to Australia, so with the assistance of Dr Google I can now tell you they are in a Neoclassical style (which I gather is a fancy way 18th century elegance). A lot of the shops and restaurants are touristy but you get this small village feeling when you visit these streets.

    We stopped at Lulu's bakery and deli for breakfast. We had some delicious pastries, but I don't remember what they were called.

    Next it was the Acropolis Museum. This stop was something I was excited about and it didn't disappoint. Firstly it's design is amazing. It is supported by pillars built over ruins that were discovered during pre-construction. It's modern building and not overly lavish but has glass windows on all sides allowing for tonnes of natural light. The glass floors not only allow you to see the ruins below but also increase the natural light. The top floor is my favourite. Here you can see a subtle homage to the Parthenon with the concrete pillars mimicking that of the Parthenon with artwork laid in between the pillars. It attempts to show the viewer what the Parthenon would of been. Fabulous.

    The museum is well laid out, with sections for different parts of the Acropolis. It is a mixture of treasures from the Acropolis and reproductions again designed to give the viewer an overall idea of what the Acropolis would of looked like 2500 years ago. We started on the top floor, where there is a great introduction video to the Parthenon and the Acropolis. We viewed the sculptures and artwork and I was continually gobsmacked at the craftsmanship and just how old items were.

    Oh it also had this super cute lego Acropolis... If only it came in a set.
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  • Day4

    Choragic Monument of Lysicrates

    June 27, 2016 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Located near the Acropolis, this monument was erected in 335 BC by a wealthy patron to commemorate the first place prize of a musical performance. It has significant historical importance being the first example of using the corinthian order on the exterior of a building.Read more

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