During this tour you will be narrated the city's history whilst admiring the magnificent views of historical and archaeological sites; the ex royal palace with its famous gardens, the change of the guards, Hadrian's Arch, The Parthenon and its marbles, the theatre of Dionysus, the Asklepieion, and other sites with more than 4000 years of history that are waiting to be explored.
The Erechtheium Caryatides
In the Acropolis tour, you will be introduced to some of Parthenon's uniquely astonishing facts and figures such as: A total of 2,675 tons of architectural members were restored, with 686 stones reassembled from fragments of the originals, 905 patched with new marble, and 186 parts made entirely of new marble. A total of 530 cubic meters of new Pentelic marble were used.
A caryatid is a sculpted female figure serving as an architectural support taking the place of a column or a pillar supporting an entablature on her head. The Greek term karyatides literally means "maidens of Karyai", an ancient town of the Peloponnese. Karyai had a famous temple dedicated to the goddess Artemis in her aspect of Artemis Karyatis: "As Karyatis she rejoiced in the dances of the nut-tree village of Karyai, those Karyatides, who in their ecstatic round-dance carried on their heads baskets of live reeds, as if they were dancing plants"
The New Acropolis Museum
Furthermore, there will be time to visit The New Acropolis Museum to admire the exhibits illustrating 5000 years of history. It is an archaeological museum focused on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis. The museum was built in 2003 to house every artifact found on the rock and on its feet, from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece. It lies on the archaeological site of Makrygianni at the lower part of the Acropolis hill.
During this Athens half day tour you will have a full view of Athens with its historical sites and monuments such as: the Panathinaikon stadium, the national gallery, the archaeological museum, the national theater, Omonoia square, the open market, the national history Museum, Syntagma square, Plaka area, the major shopping district in the city centre, St. Paul's Anglican Church, the Royal gardens, the houses of parliament, the tomb of the unknown soldier, St. Denis Roman Catholic Cathedral, the academy of arts & letters, Athens University, the national library, the presidential residence (ex Royal Palace), the change of the honor guards, Zappion congress, the temple of Olympic Zeus, Hadrian's gate, the theater of Dionysus, the Asclepieum medical center, Herod Atticus Odeon, and the Areios Pagos (St. Paul Acts XVII on Mars Hill).