I had heard that tour groups don’t go to the Acropolis on Mondays. It’s a lie. Arrive early to avoid the heat and crowds – I was there by 8 and it wasn’t too bad. Entry to all the sites in the area is €12. I started from the south side.
Finally, I had reached the Parthenon!
Which was being renovated. So much for taking one of those famous photos.
Not so bad from this angle
View down to the theatre of Dionysos
From here I went down to the ancient agora.
South store next to the Panathenic Way
Byzantine church - 1000AD
The stola restored with Rockerfeller money
The stola and gymnasium restored with EU money
Temple of Hephaestus and municipal building
View back from the temple
Roman house. Prison in background
There was much more around – the whole area is covered in ruins of foundations, roads, and drains. From here I went to Hadrian’s library.
Ruins of church in foreground
From here I wandered past more sites.
The Roman agora
Temple of Winds - an observatory
Some other ruins I passed on the way
Then it was back in to modern Athens.
Riot squads on standby near Syntagma Square
I bought some sort of delicious and fattening cheese and spinach pastry for lunch, then headed to the temple of Zeus.