Monuments in Athens

Monuments in Athens
Athens, Greece is steeped in history and is home to a variety of ancient monuments and architecture. From the historical Parthenon to the Dionysus Theater to the Temple of Olympian and Hadian's Arch, you and family and friends can visit some of the world's most famous historical sites in this picturesque European country.

The Parthenon

The Parthenon is the most well-known temple and part of the Greek Acropolis. The structure was built in 438 BC for the goddess Athena. The temple was constructed to serve as a protector of the Greek people. The Acropolis is the most visited site in Greece, with the Parthenon being the center of the city's history. Overlooking the city of Athens, the Parthenon has been used as a church, mosque, temple and now sightseeing destination. When you visit the structure, the best time to go is before 9 a.m. to beat the crowds and the hot weather, especially in the summer months.

The Parthenon
Areopagitou Street
Athens, Greece 105 58

Hadrian's Arch

The Arch of Hadrian was erected in the second century AD when the Roman emperor Hadrian visited the city. The arch was constructed on an ancient road that led from the Acropolis to the the Temple of the Olympian and southeast Athens. The arch's inscriptions are meant to honor Hadrian as the leader of Greece and separate the city into old Athens and new Athens.

The Dionysos Theatre

Located in the center city, the Dionysus Theatre was created following the city's Festival of Dionysia near 600 BC. It's located on the southeastern area of the Acropolis. Most of the theater remains, including some of its 64 tiers. When it was fully functional, it could seat 20,000 people. Renovations to the theater's marble structure will be ongoing until the final restoration date of 2015.

The Dionysus Theater
Athens, Greece

Temple of Olympian

The Temple of Olympian is located in center city Athens with its foundation laid in 151 BC. The temple was dedicated to Zeus. Located behind the Arch of Hadrian, you can see the ruins of the Temple from the arch. The largest of the ancient Greek temples, it's one of the city's top tourist attractions. The structure once had 100 columns but today has only 15.

Article Written By Timothy Bodamer

Tim Bodamer is a freelance writer based in Seminole, Florida. He attended Edinboro Univerity of Pennsylvania where he studied journalism. He has 15 years of writing experience and specializes in sports, business and general interest topics.

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