This is post three of sixteen of our summer trip to Greece. Check out our other posts in the series here:
- Greece Lightning: Heading to Greece
- Acropolis for Breakfast: Staying at the Hilton Athens
- Starting at the Top: The Acropolis
- Oompa! Eating Athens
- Taking it Indoors: Athen’s Museums
- Athen’s Other Sites
- Room with a View: Staying in Santorini
- Santorini’s Spectacular Sights: Part 1
- Santorini’s Spectacular Sights: Part 2
- Looking for Santorini’s Best Eats
- It’s All Greek to Me: Heading to Naxos
- There’s a Meat Town in Naxos!
- Shots! Shots! ShotsShotsShots! Heading to Mykonos
- A Delightful Day Trip to Delos
- The Trashy Side of the Greek Islands
- Bling Bling y’all! Upgraded at the Hyatt Regency Montreal
For our first day in Athens Mrs. Selfish and I headed to the Acropolis. The largest tourist attraction in Athens (and possibly in Greece), the Acropolis is a collection of four ancient buildings that sit on top of a flat rock a few hundred feet above the rest of the city.
Constructed in the 5th century, BC, the Acropolis is most noted for the Parthenon, which dominates the skyline. Since Athens was conquered several times over the last 2000+ years, the Acropolis has been burned and reconstructed many, many times.
Since 1975, however, the Greeks have made a serious effort to restore the Acropolis, which was ravaged by pollution, war, and poor restoration. Most notably, the Venetians (the jerks of the Adriatic, as we would later learn in Dubrovnik) damaged it with artillery fire back in late 1600’s and it never fully recovered.
Entering the Acropolis
While admission to the Acropolis itself costs money, there are tons of ruins at the base which you can walk around freely.
From the base it’s only a few minutes walk to the ticketing windows atop the hill. Entrance is 12 euros per person, though you can get a 6-euro ticket if you’re a senior citizen, student, or child.
From there, you simply follow the path to the ruins. It is an amazing view, especially with a few clouds.
As you would expect, the Acropolis is very crowded. Since it’s perched strategically atop a rock bluff, there’s also very little shade, so make sure to bring plenty of sun block and water. The heat in June was stifling.
That said, despite the heat, the crowds, and the restoration, the Acropolis is simply stunning.
After spending a long time up top, Mrs. Selfish and I headed back down to the base of the Acropolis to snap some better pictures from the side and head towards the Acropolis Museum.
The Acropolis Museum
From the Acropolis we grabbed a quick lunch and headed to the museum. Set on the southern side of the Acropolis, the Acropolis museum is a modern building housed on top of Roman and Byzantine ruins.
I guess the Greeks got the last laugh after all.
Entrance is 5 euros per person. While they *technically* didn’t allow any photography inside, just about everyone and their mom was taking photos.
I love museums and photography, so we snuck a few ourselves. Just make sure to turn off your flash, kids! Not only does it save priceless art from fading, but it looks better too.
One place you could freely take pictures was the museum café, which has a balcony with a sweet view of the Acropolis.
So many Acropolis pictures, yet it never gets old!
And that’s it for the Acropolis. Join us tomorrow where I’ll be going over some of Athen’s tasting eats.