The Parthenon is an ancient temple deicted to goddess Athena built in Doric style with iconic Architectural features. It is one of the significant building in Acropolis with innovative concept and execution. The Parthenon is especially popular for its optical illusions and unique design features.
The Parthenon has served many purposes in the past. It has served as a treasury for the Athenian Empire, as a Christian church dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and as a mosque in the early 1460s. Since 1975 restoration work of the Parthenon has been started expected to complete by 2020.
Architecture of the Parthenon
Athena Parthenos used to be only sculptire in the Parthenon from the hands of Phidias. This sculpture is now lost and its images can be seen in copies, vase painting, gems, literary descriptions and coins.
It is advisable to visit the museum before climbing up the Acropolis. Watch the video shown on the top floor of the museum, it will give some insight into the history of the Parthenon.
Free admission days
6 March (in memory of Melina Mercouri)
18 April (International Monuments Day)
18 May (International Museums Day)
The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
Every first Sunday from November 1st to March 31st
How to Reach The Parthenon ?
To reach the Parthenon, the nearby stations are Monastiraki, Thesion and the Acropolis Metro station.
Train: Train - Π1
Bus: Bus 040, 230, 550, Β2
Trolleybus: Trolleybus - 1, 5