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Acropolis, Athens

Athens, Greece, Europe: The Parthenon at dusk
Dionysiou Areopagitou
City Center
Greece 10558
Tel: 30 210 321 4172
Tel: 30 210 321 0219
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The entire hill is the Acropolis; the 5th-century B.C. temple to Athena Parthenos is the Parthenon. Try to arrive early for less heat and fewer crowds; you can always return, because admission allows you back in anytime the same day. And whatever you do, don't pick up any stones (remember the tourist arrest in spring 2004?). Wear your comfiest shoes and lots of sunscreen—the climb is pretty relentless and there isn't much shade—and take your bathroom break beforehand (the facilities at the top aren't exactly up to the demand). A barely advertised elevator for wheelchair users has existed on the north face since August 2004. The approaches from the south and west sides—Apostolou Pavlou and Dionysiou Areopagitou—have been recently improved, widened, pedestrianized, and generally beautified, making the whole experience much sweeter.

Open daily 8 am to sunset, mid-April through October; open daily 8 am to 4:30 pm, November through early-April.

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