Athens

Syntagma Square. Hellenic Parliament building. At the base of the Acropolis, just a few minutes walk from the hostel.
Bastard tried to ambush me from the bushes as I was walking up to the Acropolis. Close-up. Fleeing.
Acropolis amphitheater.  Officially named the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. Downtown Athens in the background. No Yanni sightings.  Sorry, dad.
Walking up to the top of the Acropolis.  Remember, the Acropolis is the hill.  The Parthenon is the large building on top. The Temple of Athena Nike.  Construction finished in 420 B.C. Close up shot of a side chamber.
The Temple of Athena Nike entryway, as seen from the inside. Looking out over the Ancient Agora. Scaffolding for the restoration of the Temple of Athena Nike.  It looks horrible.
The Parthenon. Filopappos Hill (aka The Hill of the Muses) with a funeral monument for a Roman consul at the top. Another shot of the Parthenon.  Completed in 432 B.C.
Another shot of the Acropolis amphitheater.  Built in 161 A.D. View of the Theater of Dionysus from the Acropolis. The Temple of Olympian Zeus, as seen from the Acropolis.  Hadrian's Arch can be seen at the bottom of the picture.
The back of the Parthenon. Lycabettus Hill, rising out of the middle of downtown Athens. The Agios Georgios Church is on top.
The top of the Acropolis. Parthenon from the back of the Acropolis. View of the Roman Agora from the Acropolis.
Another shot of the Temple of Olympian Zeus as seen from the Acropolis. View of the Ancient Agora. Looking along the cliffs.
More damn scaffolding. The Erechtheion. Completed in 406 B.C.
The Caryatids. The grounds in front of the Erechtheion. Head on shot of the Caryatids.  A caryatid is a female statue that also serves as a building support.
Erechtheion columns. The Erechtheion was a temple for King Erichthonius.  If you've never read the story about how he was born, it's pretty funny - involving the blacksmith god Hephaestus trying to rape Athena, the kid being thrown into a small box, and three sisters throwing themselves off the Acropolis to their deaths after opening the box.  Crazy Greeks and their stories. It is thought that the Erechtheion was a replacement temple for one that was destroyed in 480 B.C. by the Persians (the ones that weren't killed in slow motion by Gerard Butler and Faramir).
More Parthenon renovation. Last Parthenon shot.  I promise. Temple of Athena Nike columns.
Temple of Athena Nike doorway. View of the Acropolis from Areopagus Hill (aka Mars Hill). View of the Ancient Agora, with the Temple of Hephaestus on the left.
More of the Ancient Agora. Church on top of a hill. The Stoa of Attalos.
Churches on Areopagus Hill. Approaching the Temple of Hephaestus.  Also known as the Hephaisteion. This does not appear to be the work of someone who was sober.
The Temple of Hephaestus, the god of blacksmiths, fire, volacanoes, and technology. Looking through to the other side. Frieze lining the top of the temple.  It shows centaurs fighting, which seems to be the theme of every Greek frieze ever made.
Doric columns. Looking out over the Ancient Agora from the Temple of Hephaestus. The Acropolis, as seen from the Ancient Agora.
Decapitated, de-limbed statue. Ancient Agora ruins. The Byzantine Church of the Holy Apostles.  Built in the Ancient Agora in the 11th or 12th century A.D.
The Stoa of Attalos.  Supposedly an ancient shopping center. The Stoa of Attalos columns. Looking down the covered walkway.
Old dude. Antoninus Pius. Nice abs.
Lord Voldemort? Ancient and modern architecture clash. Hadrian's Library.  Built in 132 A.D. by, surprisingly, Emperor Hadrian.
Some determined columns surviving in the Roman Agora. The Gate of Athena Archegetis. Looking up at the Acropolis from the Roman Agora.
The Tower of the Winds. Broken columns. The Gate of Athena Archegetis, this time with a palm tree.
The East Propylon.  The east entrance to the Roman Agora. Columns in front of the Tower of the Winds. Surviving remnants of a wall.
Old building outside the Roman Agora. View of the Acropolis while approaching the Theater of Dionysus, located at the base of the hill. The Theater of Dionysus.
Had a capacity of 17,000 people. Really comfortable looking seats. The expensive, front row seats.
Sitting in the seats. Frieze at the rear of the stage. Hadrian's Arch.
The Temple of Olympian Zeus, also known as the Olympieion. Preprare yourself for a lot of pictures of the same thing, from slightly different angles. View of the Acropolis from the Temple of Olympian Zeus.
The foundations were laid by Pisistratus in 515 B.C. as a temple dedicated to Zeus. Construction finished 650 years later under Emperor Hadrian's reign in 129 A.D. Close-up of the temple columns.  Wikipedia tells me these are "Corinthian capitals".
Unfortunately, soon after it was completed, barbarians invaded Athens and destroyed the temple in the 3rd century A.D. Nobody bothered to repair it, so people started scavenging the ruins for building materials. View of the temple grounds.  This is all that remains of the temple.
It would have been pretty amazing to see this in it's full glory.  There used to be 104 columns overall. There is no sign of the giant statue of Zeus that was once here - one of the largest statues known in the ancient world. A column that was blown down during a wind storm in 1852.
Close-up of the expert construction. One final shot. The Acropolis at night, shot from the rooftop of the hostel.
Hostel bar. Drinking games.

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