By early afternoon we were back in back in Athens from our trip to Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon, and soon we were atop the hill that is home to the Acropolis of Athens. And just as the Temple of Poseidon would not exist without Pericles, the same is true of the most monumental buildings located here. This includes the Propylaea of Athenian Acropolis.
A propylaea serves as a monumental gateway, and the Propylaea here is certainly monumental as the gateway to the Acropolis.
At the south end of the Odeon stands a rather elaborate three-story masonry wall sporting some impressive arches.
The Acropolis does not, however, offer the only views around. Below the Acropolis is another remnant of the rule of Pericles, the Temple of Hephaestos.
Don’t just look around the Acropolis for sights. Scan around and you’ll see the National Observatory of Athens and the Church of St. Marina in Thissio to the west.
But Acropolis is primarily about the building legacy of Pericles, and we haven’t even looked at the most important structure atop this hill overlooking modern day Athens. Here is the structure synonymous with the Acropolis, the magnificent Parthenon:
We’ll be discussing this temple to Athena on Wednesday. Until then, one last image: