Parthenon and the New Acropolis Museum
Dominating the Athenian skyline is the imposing Acropolis citadel. Amongst temples and sanctuaries dedicated to Athena, Nike and Zeus is the breathtaking Parthenon, temple to Athena, Athens' patron Goddess. The Parthenon hails from a classical Greece dominated by Athenian democracy and is often seen as the enduring symbol of ancient Greece. Over time the temples have fallen into disrepair and the Parthenon was heavily damaged in 1687 during the Venetian siege. Today the Parthenon is being painstakingly restored with many of the heavy marbles having been replaced with casts. To see the originals and learn first-hand from archaeologists visit the New Acropolis Museum, a short walk down Dionisiou Areopagitou. After your visit, head to the winding streets of Plaka and eat at one of the many family-run restaurants.
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