Acropolis of Athens

Today, I received a pack of beautiful postcards from Greece sent by Anna. The first card shows the Acropolis of Athens, – the most popular acropolis or high city in the whole world. Have a look:

The so called the “Sacred Rock” of Athens, is the most important site of the city and constitutes one of the most recognizable monuments of the world. It is the most significant reference point of ancient Greek culture, as well as the symbol of the city of Athens itself as it represent the apogee of artistic development in the 5th century BC.

The Acropolis was also known as Cecropia, after the legendary serpent-man, Cecrops, the first Athenian king. It is a prominent plateaued rock perched high above the modern city with commanding views and an amazing array of ancient architecture, mostly from the Classical period of Ancient Greece, the most famous of which is the Parthenon. A visit to Athens is not complete without visiting the Acropolis – hundreds of tourists each day accordingly make the pilgrimage.

 The first habitation remains on the Acropolis date from the Neolithic period. Over the centuries, the rocky hill was continuously used either as a cult place or as a residential area or both. The inscriptions on the numerous and precious offerings to the sanctuary of Athena (marble korai, bronze and clay statuettes and vases) indicate that the cult of the city’s patron goddess was established as early as the Archaic period (650-480 B.C.).

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