We have been in Piraeus (Πειραιάς) arriving from Santorini. We stayed there for a night. And at the next day we had a short walk around the hotel and the seaport. The city isn’t big and connected with Athens by the green line of the Metro – the station name is “Πειραιάς” (Piraeus). The landmarks of Piraeus is the seaport and the Agia Triada (Αγία Τριάδα) (Holy Trinity) Cathedral. This church was built in 1839 but then totally destroyed in 1944. Then it was founded again in 1956 but inaugurated only in 1962 although its construction is still in progress.
The Acropolis Museum (Μουσείο Ακρόπολης) is a relatively new archaeological museum located in Athens near the Acropolis. Its exhibits are findings from the Acropolis site.
The building of this museum was started in 2003 but it was opened to public in 2009. The museum takes an area of 14,000 square metres and contains about 4,000 objects to exhibit.
Entering the area of the museum you see the archaeological site just under the floor. The part of it is opened and another one is covered by glass floor, so you may walk directly above the site.
Inside the museum, there are 3 floors with exhibits to review. But photo and video recording is prohibited everywhere except a few places. The most interesting exhibits are on the 1st floor where you may see a few models of the Acropolis in different times. Sadly, these models are to for photographing.
But moving further we found a model of the Parthenon, its reconstructed crowning, bas-reliefs and statues.
Reconstructions Of Parthenon
Цветочный верх Парфенона
Statues In Acropolis Museum
Lapith Fighting Centaurus
Centaurus Fighting Lapith
Bas Relief Wall
Reconstructions Of West Pediment Of Parthenon
There are many more exhibits in the museum an I would recommend to visit the AcropolisMuseum if you are interested in history. Also there are historical films displayed in some halls but we didn’t have time to watch them.
Another interesting place in the center of Athens is the Syntagma metro station (Συντάγματος). This station of the Athenian metro is interesting by its own small archaeological museum. I could even say that this station is the museum.
This is because of the archaeological findings made during the building of this metro station. Scientists found workshops to gild statues (V century BC), ancient cemeteries, Roman terms, ancient aqueduct and Eridanus river bed, etc.
All these findings were conserved and represented for the passengers of the metro. Here you may see some photos I made at Syntagma metro station.
The Temple of Olympian Zeus (Ναὸς τοῦ Ὀλυμπίου Διός) was intended to be the largest temple in the ancient world. Its constructions had been started in 6th century BC and completed in the 2nd century AD. But it was significantly damaged by the barbarians in the 3rd century AD and never recovered again. The temple is built of marble and its columns are 17 m height and 2 m in diameter.
Temple Of Olympian Zeus
Later its stones were used to build another buildings in Athens but the remained part is still amazing.
The Parthenon (Παρθενών) is the temple dedicated to the virgin goddess Athena. The name comes from “parthenos” meaning “maiden”.
The building of the temple has started in 447 BCE and completed in 432 BCE.
In the V century during Christian period the Parthenon was converted to church of the Virgin Mary, and during the Latin domination it was dedicated to Our Lady as Catholic church. It was a mosque During the Ottoman period.
The temple looks very monumental and you can feel the breath of the history.