Saturday, 20 June 2009

Enjoying Acropolis

It was one sunny day in Athens.
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Wait a minute, is (almost) always sunny in Athens!
Yes, it was a hot sunny afternoon when we decide we are going to climb the Acropolis.
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Figuring out from the kind of vegetation lived there, you can estimate how hot and dry this rocky mountain that perched to the top, holding Acropolis on its pinnacle.
So let's start the climb!
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(Even animals were sitting on the shade, it must be a truly hot day).
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My son bravely walk in the heat.
It was 36-38 degree celcius, and there is hardly any shade (except for rocks?!?!?!)
Even though all three of us still badly burnt despite of SPF 50 banana boat protection, he still expose himself to the sun again the following day!
Brisith never learn from mistake!
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But after 20-30 minutes walking in heat and sweat, we finally there!
Look at the view.
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And there I see, Acropolis!!!
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Acropolis (Gr. akros, akron, edge, extremity + polis, city, pl. acropoleis) literally means city on the edge (or extremity). (Which it is thank you very much!)

In Greek, Acropolis means "Highest City". For purposes of defence, early settlers naturally chose elevated ground, frequently a hill with precipitous sides. In many parts of the world, these has became the nuclei of large cities, which grew up on the surrounding lower ground, such as modern Rome.
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(Look at our face after climbing those steps)
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Do you know that there are MANY Acropolis around Greece?
Although there are many other acropolises in Greece, the significance of the Acropolis of Athens is such that it is commonly known as The Acropolis without qualification. The Acropolis was formally proclaimed as the pre-eminent monument on the European Cultural Heritage list of monuments on 26 March 2007.
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The Acropolis is actually laid on flat-topped rock which rises 150 m (490 ft) above sea level. That's explain this jaw dropping view from the top.
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So what else can you see up there?
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The entrance to the Acropolis was a monumental gateway called the Propylaea.

To the south of the entrance is the tiny Temple of Athena Nike. A bronze statue of Athena, sculpted by Phidias, originally stood at its centre.

At the centre of the Acropolis is the Parthenon or Temple of Athena Parthenos (Athena the Virgin). East of the entrance and north of the Parthenon is the temple known as the Erechtheum.

South of the platform that forms the top of the Acropolis there are also the remains of an outdoor theatre called Theatre of Dionysus.

A few hundred metres away, there is the now partially reconstructed Theatre of Herodes Atticus (above).
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Then we continue exploring the sites.
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And yes, don't forget to take a family picture!
I am trying Polaroid effect on GIMP :-)
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Below, the The Odeon of Herodes Atticus is a stone theatre structure located on the south slope of the Acropolis of Athens. It was built in 161 AD by Herodes Atticus in memory of his wife, Aspasia Annia Regilla. It was originally a steep-sloped amphitheater with a three-story stone front wall and a wooden roof, and was used as a venue for music concerts with a capacity of 5,000.
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Yep, you can even watch bolshoi ballet here!
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Someone is taking a nap.
This must be Greek dog, no breed in Britain can survive napping at this temperature.
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And so is this pigeon.
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Random pictures....
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I am not sure what Josiah is doing, but being archaeology he definitely (trying) to make some discovery in the world most amazing archaeological site.
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Tomorrow we'll take another leap to the Cyclades. The heaven was about the begin.

7 comments:

yadkinvalleyhome said...

I love how you are telling a story along with the photos telling a story. Your son must have been a real tropper on this trip.

J.H said...

@yadkinvalleyhome :
thank you, I glad you enjoyed them!

Char said...

gorgeous goregeous shots

glad you had a good time

Liss said...

I am really loving your holiday. I remember Greece being hot and dry with no shade. Your son is a real trooper to climb in that heat.

Stardust said...

Honey, I've got a great time seeing your pictures of places I may not go to the rest of my life, and for this reason, MUACKS!!

Here's giving a pat on your boy's back for enduring the hideous climate.

AG said...

gile je, sakti juga panas2 gitu rambut elo gerai, hahaha.. and yeah, can see how hot it was, tampang elo d bersimbah keringet gituh, haha.. si josie, kuat tuh manjat 30 menit?

Cath J said...

My dream place!!!! Beautiful Photos!!!!