Athens - The Acropolis
Greece
Acropolis means "high city".  It has been fortified for about
3,500 years.  Most people mistakenly think the Acropolis is
the highest point in Athens.  That honor goes to Lycabettus
Hill, from which I took this picture looking down upon the
Acropolis.  The Parthenon remains dominant on the left.  
Quite a different view, looking up at the Acropolis
from the residential neighborhood below it.  Once
again the Parthenon dominates from this angle.
On the Acropolis itself, none of the surviving buildings are in
great shape.  The Erechteion, with its famous porch of
maidens (Porch of the Caryatids), is 2,500 years old, and
provides the Parthenon with some competition.  Both the
Erechteion and the Parthenon are from the same era, part of
the Acropolis master plan devised by
Pericles.                                    
Introducing the Parthenon, great temple to the goddess
Athena, for whom Athens is named.  I followed the sun to take
these pictures, starting on Lycabettus Hill in the morning.  
You can see it to the Parthenon's left.    The day ended, the
setting sun still to my back, with pictures such as this one and
video, all from Philopappou Hill, just opposite the Acropolis.  
You can see a wider version of the shot by clicking
here .  
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