Parthenon

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Parthenon

Step back in time and explore the ancient myths etched into the walls of the largest Doric temple in Greece, originally dedicated to the warrior goddess Athena.

The Parthenon, the most famous structure at the Acropolis, was completed in 438 B.C. and is a striking example of ancient Greek architecture. Over the centuries, this symbol of strength has survived the rise and fall of civilizations, wars and modern development and today is a source of great pride for the country. Tourists from around the world come to photograph, paint and just gaze in wonder at the Doric columns, statues and detailed reliefs carved into the white marble.

This ancient Athenian temple has gone through many reincarnations over the past 2,500 years. It’s been a treasury, a storehouse for ammunition and an army barracks. While many of the statues and friezes are now in museums, anyone appreciating history and art will still find plenty to admire for at least an hour. Note that there’s long-term renovation underway, and some views may be obstructed by scaffolding.

Learn of the great stories etched into these historic marble walls. The east pediment depicts the birth of Athena from the head of her father, Zeus, the father of all gods in Greek mythology. The west pediment tells of a great battle between Athena and Poseidon. The goddess is depicted holding an olive tree while the mighty god of the sea raises his trident.

Refreshments are available at the park outside the Acropolis, but it’s more cost-effective to bring snacks and water from a nearby store. If you would like some help interpreting what you see, head over near the ticket booth and hire a guide. Alternatively, grab a guidebook and take the self-guided option.

The Parthenon is part of the Acropolis complex in the city center and is accessible by public transportation. Admission is covered in the cost of entry to the Acropolis, and the site is open daily. In summer avoid the heat and get there early.

Top Hotels Close to Parthenon

The Stanley
The Stanley
4 out of 5
1 Odisseos Str., Athens, Attiki
The price is CA $90 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 8
Located in Athens City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Omonia Square, Syntagma Square, and Ancient Agora of Athens. Acropolis and Parthenon are also ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (666 reviews)
"Good location, good Breakfast clean room. The shower is too small ."

Reviewed on Nov. 17, 2021

The Stanley
Athens Gate Hotel
Athens Gate Hotel
4 out of 5
10 Syngrou Avenue, Athens, Attiki
The price is CA $127 per night from Jan 4 to Jan 4
Located in Athens City Centre, this hotel is steps from Greek Evangelical Church, Arch of Hadrian, and Temple of Olympian Zeus. Theatre of Dionysus and Museum ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (966 reviews)
"Good place and has a good view but the room is small"

Reviewed on Dec. 3, 2021

Athens Gate Hotel
Divani Palace Acropolis
Divani Palace Acropolis
5 out of 5
19 25 Parthenonos St, Athens, Attiki
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $152 per night from Dec 14 to Dec 14
This family-friendly Athens hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Temple of Athena Nike and Acropolis Museum. Acropolis and Parthenon ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (971 reviews)
"Muy bonito hotel. Cerca a todo. Podíamos caminar para comer, hacer compras y visitar sitios turísticos. Fue la mejor elección."

Reviewed on Dec. 4, 2021

Divani Palace Acropolis
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Best Lodging Options Near Parthenon

The Stanley
The Stanley
4 out of 5
1 Odisseos Str., Athens, Attiki
The price is CA $90 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 8
The Stanley
Athens Gate Hotel
Athens Gate Hotel
4 out of 5
10 Syngrou Avenue, Athens, Attiki
The price is CA $127 per night from Jan 4 to Jan 4
Athens Gate Hotel
Divani Palace Acropolis
Divani Palace Acropolis
5 out of 5
19 25 Parthenonos St, Athens, Attiki
The price is CA $152 per night from Dec 14 to Dec 14
Divani Palace Acropolis
Plaka Hotel
Plaka Hotel
3 out of 5
7, Kapnikareas & Mitropoleos St, Athens, Attiki
The price is CA $97 per night from Dec 14 to Dec 14
Plaka Hotel
The Pinnacle Athens
The Pinnacle Athens
5 out of 5
75 Eolou & Evripidou, Athens
The price is CA $99 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 9
The Pinnacle Athens
Electra Palace Athens
Electra Palace Athens
5 out of 5
18 - 20 N Nikodimou Street, Athens, Attiki
The price is CA $194 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 3
Electra Palace Athens
COCO-MAT Athens BC
COCO-MAT Athens BC
5 out of 5
5 Falirou, Athens
The price is CA $216 per night from Dec 14 to Dec 14
COCO-MAT Athens BC
Elia Ermou Athens Hotel
Elia Ermou Athens Hotel
4 out of 5
15-17 Ermou, Athens, Atikki
The price is CA $146 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 20
Elia Ermou Athens Hotel
Palladian Home
Palladian Home
4 out of 5
Farmaki 2 & Kidathineon, Athens
The price is CA $131 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 8
Palladian Home
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