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It's the thrill of a lifetime to visit Acropolis Hill and see the ruins of ancient Greece. The Greek people have every reason to be proud of their ancestors’ accomplishments and the evidence left of their efforts.
The ancient stone and marble of these spaces live on. The view of Athens and the seven surrounding hills is impressive. Catiya, our guide, did a marvellous job of telling us of the history of the Greek people and their accomplishments as ancient builders.
Do not go to Acropolis Hill if you are unable to climb up rough terrain. There are no accommodations for those with disabilities. That fact is rather sad, but the situation made me happy I visited while I was still able to climb up the steep hillside. There are walkways, but they are bumpy.
There are two ancient amphitheatres standing at the bottom of the east side of the hill. The large one has been reworked. The smaller one remains in its ruined condition. Both are interesting sights/sites.
The pediments and friezes of the ruins have been disassembled. Lord Elgin took some of the finest of the marble works to London long ago. They can now be admired at the British Museum. Reproductions of the ancient carvings currently grace the actual site in Athens.
Athens now has, however, a wonderful Acropolis Museum within sight of the ruins. They have moved other marble work from the site to this museum, which also shows excavations of ancient foundations very near its own foundation. These dug-out ruins can be seen through glass flooring.
Inside the museum, visitors can see ancient ruins from the Acropolis and modern models of these ancient pieces.
I was very impressed with both the ruins and the archaeological museum.
As a group we took a bus tour of the area and stopped at the reconstruction of an ancient athletic stadium, rebuilt to hold up to 60,000 spectators. Also, by entering a tunnel underneath the stands, we were able to visit an Olympics museum that houses posters from all modern Olympic games, restarted in Athens in 1896 and held every four years since that time at locations all over the world. Torches from games were also displayed.
Our group had fun running the track and climbing stairs to the top of the stadium during our visit.
Members of our tour group also walked to a park containing the Temple of Zeus, which once had 104 marble columns, of which there are only 16 remaining.
We also saw the Arch of Hadrian. Looking through the arch from north to south, it frames Acropolis Hill beautifully.On Sunday evening members of our group once more walked in the Plaka. I was pleased to get a good photo of ruins on Acropolis Hill, lit for night viewing.
Day 3 (Sunday): Acropolis Museum visit
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