The Acropolis hill, or “Sacred Rock,” is the most significant historical site in Athens and has been inhabited since the Neolithic period. From 650 B.C., the area was a place of worship to the goddess Athena and during the Classical period, three important temples were built: the Parthenon, the Erechtheion, and the Temple of Nike. These monuments on the Acropolis mirror the history of Athens through the ages. After a tour of the site, visit the Acropolis Museum to see many of the excavated treasures from this remarkable site.
Website: The Acropolis
The Agora was the heart of ancient Athens – an “open space” which was the focus of political, commercial, administrative and social activity for centuries. People shopped, argued and listened to the philosophers here. Occupied since Neolithic times, the Romans, Persians and Slavs have all had a say in the lengthy history of the Agora. The area was eventually abandoned in the 6th century only to be rediscovered as a residential area in the 19th century. Although now in ruins, there is plenty to see and learn. Visit the Temple of Hephaistos, the Stoa of Zeus, the Eleutheriosm, the Stoa of Zeus, the Eleutherios, the Temple of Apollo, the Patroos, the Monument of the Eponymous Heroes. Altar of the Twelve Gods. The Odeon of Agrippa, the Royal Stoa (Stoa Basileios) and the Tholos.
Website: The Agora