The Acropolis under the light of the sunset

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The Acropolis of Athens is a rocky hill 156 meters from the sea surface and 70 meters around the level of the city of Athens. The top of the trapezoid shaped length of 300 m and a maximum width of 150 m. The hill is inaccessible from all sides except the west, where lies the fortified entrance, decorated with brilliant Propylaea.

It was found that the hill was inhabited from the 3rd millennium BC From the 6th century. BC were built up in him, the temples of Athens, as Hekatompedon others, destroyed during the Persian wars. The rebuilding of the walls and temples began immediately after the defeat of the Persians in 465 BC, the time that Pericles. Under the supervision of Phidias and the architects Mnesikles, Kallikrates and Callimachus were built and decorated the Parthenon, the Erechtheion, the Propylaea and the Temple of Athena Nike. During the Roman period added some minor structures. During the Byzantine era, the Parthenon was converted into a Christian church. During the Frankish occupation was a Catholic church, while the Turkish mosque. During the Ottoman Acropolis suffered the most damage. The Turks were storing gunpowder on it and gave rise to destroy monuments. In 1645 a thunderbolt which fell onto the gunpowder blew the Propylaea. In 1687, when the Acropolis besieged the Venetian Morosini, one of the bombs dropped on the powder was stored in the Parthenon and the Temple destroyed. Extensive damage caused by the British Lord Elgin just before the Revolution of 1821. Put to dismantle the Parthenon frieze, metopes, pediments, a Caryatid and a column of the Erechtheion, which moved to England. For all that he paid 35,000 pounds to the Turks and the Athenians gave a clock, erected in the ancient market. During the War of 1821 the Citadel was besieged in turn by Greeks and Turks, and suffered further damage. In 1834, archaeological work began to restore the monuments.

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Valeri Karjalainen on June 30, 2014

Very beautiful photo ! Like + Favorites! Greetings from Finland, Valeri .

Dirk V on August 4, 2014

Very nice picture!

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Best wishes, Dirk

Elvira Ludwigs on August 7, 2014

Like and Favo

Many greetings from germany Elvira.

Susysan on August 11, 2014

L&F per questa bella foto!Grazie per le gradite visite .Un amichevole saluto,Susanna

Abdullah kıyga on August 14, 2014

→ Perfect photo! 📷 L Greetings, ©Abdullah Kiyga

IFL BO on September 11, 2014

Excellent image and beautiful place. LIKE. Warm greetings, iflbo

Đoka Ćutak on September 25, 2014

Izuzetan kolorit. F/L. Pozdrav iz Srbije, Đorđe

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62 Casa (CAMERON) on October 13

Wonderful! F+L.

The picture is very impressive.

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GerdaM. on October 17

Impressive and excellent shot! Great job!! Like&Fav

Best wishes ,


Paolo Savigni on November 10

Fantastic scenery!
Great light at sunset, beautiful warm colors and splendid sky.
Best wishes, Paolo

majasa on November 28

Wonderful scenery, Great composition!


Friendly greetings, majasa

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Kamalakar Anthati on November 29

Beautiful,Excellent Shot,
Greetings from India,Kamalakar.

gandzia1964 on December 1

Nice architecture :)

Leif Fielstrup Guldb… on December 3

Like873. Beautiful image, high class, well done.

Regards, Leif.

Nicola Manini on December 14

A charming light for a charming place... L874

Ciao, Nick

Sergey Brandys on February 16

Hello Nikos. Beautiful view. Wonderful shot. Like. Best regards, Sergey

moatlspeed 9 days ago

Brilliant colours and detail! L+F, greetings from Bavaria, Martin

Dhirubhai Patel 22 hours ago

I Like & Favorite .Beautiful Photo. Best wishes.......

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Photo taken in Ακρόπολη - Φιλοππάπου, Αθήνα 105 55, Greece
Filopappou Hill

Photo details

  • Uploaded on February 10, 2013
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Νίκος Γεωργακόπουλος
    • Camera: Canon EOS 450D
    • Taken on 2010/09/15 19:07:50
    • Exposure: 0.010s (1/100)
    • Focal Length: 18.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/6.300
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash