6. The Acropolis of Athens
There is only one place to start a historic tour of Athens- The Acropolis. For fifth century BC Athenians the Acropolis was both a fortified citadel and a holy place. Today, it remains a reflection of the splendour, power and wealth of that period. This talk locates the Acropolis within the modern city of Athens starting with the winding processional road up to the top. There we enter the Acropolis through the gate called The Propylaia. The uses and unique aspects of the main buildings are examined and the talk explains how the ancient architects achieved “architectural perfection” with The Parthenon and amazing elegance with the Erechtheion. The talk is fully illustrated with both archival and contemporary images and is intended to simplify the complex monument and illustrate its’ highlights.