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.
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.
The Erechtheion (Ἐρέχθειον) was a temple of Athena but also other ancient gods were revered here. The name “Erechtheion” comes from the name of the Athenian king Erechtheus.
The constructions of Erechtheus was started in 421 BCe and was completed in 405 BCE. In the sixth century, it was converted to church and it was used as a harem for the Turkish commander, under the Ottomans. The temple is built of marble. On the south side, there is a porch supported by 6 statues in form of maidens called Caryatid. The statues were substituted by the replicas and original statues are in the Acropolis Archaeological Museum.
The Propylaia (Προπύλαια) is the entrance to Acropolis. Its building was started in 437 BC but was never fully completed. The Propylaia was used in all times: it was a residence of bishops during Byzantine period; it was a palace during Latin domination and it was a residence of the military governor during the Ottomans.
Anyway it was always impressive although it was under construction during our visit.
The Temple of Hephaestus (Ναός του Ηφαίστου), also known as the Hephaisteion or earlier as the Theseion, is the ancient temple located in the Ancient Agora of Athens. This is the one of the best preserved temples. Its construction was started in 449 BC and completed in 415 BC.