Wednesday, 17 June 2020
Location: Athens, Greece
Address: Athens 105, 58
Date: July 2000
The Acropolis sits on a flat rock overlooking the city of Athens. Acropolis means highest point and there has been some form of monument or structure up on the hill since at least 600 BC. It has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site since it is a great architectural achievement and a place filled with history. Thousands of tourists brave the heat of the mid-day sun to climb up the hill and explore the site.
In 447 BC the Athenian Empire started construction of the Parthenon. It is the most visible structure standing today.
The temple was attacked in 1687 by the Venetians and the structure was heavily damaged. Restoration attempts continue to this day. When you visit the site you will see scaffolding and equipment as workers painstakingly restore the Parthenon to its former glory.
We toured the site and could see how many of the columns had been put back together. This one column above appeared to not quite be a perfect fit.
As the repair continues, new marble is used to match the existing pieces. You can see in the photo above how the new white marble stands out. Someone will have to match the new stone to the old stone by hand.
The Parthenon is an impressive site as its columns stand tall reaching up towards the sky.
On the north side of the Acropolis stands the Erechtheion. It contains several caryatids which are female figures used as the columns which hold up the building.
On one side of the Acropolis sits the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. This is an open air theatre that was built in 161 AD. In the 1950s it was restored and in 1957 the famous Greek opera singer Maria Callas peformed there. Since then many performers have taken the opportunity to play this unique stage. Sting, Foo Fighters, Placido Domingo, Frank Sinatra, Florence & The Machine and Elton John are just a few of these performers.
Standing up at the Acropolis you can see Athens sprawling out around you.
From the Acropolis you can also see Lycabettus Hill. Lycabettus Hill is actually the highest point in Athens.
After a day spent soaking in history up on the Acropolis you should enjoy a drink and a nice meal in one of the endless restaurants located back down in the city below. Sit back and relax and let the sun set. Next, the Acropolis will wow you once more as the Parthenon is lit up against the night sky.
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Acropolis Of Athens
Post # 288
Friday, 15 April 2016
Location: Athens, Greece
Address: First Cemetery of Athens, Logginou
Date: Aug 2015
Dimitrios Mitropanos was one of the most highly regarded Greek musicians of all time. On April 17, 2012 he passed away leaving millions of fans saddened. At least his music will live on and bring them comfort. Some of his most popular songs are Ta Lathathika, S'Anazito and Panta Gelastoi. When we were in Athens we decided to pay our respects. At the front gates of the First Cemetery of Athens was a woman selling flowers, candles and other religious articles. Her stall was surrounded by the ever present pigeons and at least one sleeping street dog. We purchased some white roses that we planned to leave at the grave of Mitropanos. We knew that he was buried somewhere in the cemetery, but despite trying to do some research beforehand we did not know exactly where.
After entering through the front gates of the cemetery we came across the Church of St.Theodori. We had seen video clips of Dimitrios Mitropanos' casket being carried through the crowds and into this church. Now we just had to find his final resting place. We knew that he was in an area of the cemetery along with other artists and musicians. We walked up and down the rows of graves in hopes of spotting his name on one of them. After some time we decided to ask for help and consulted with a guard at the western gates. He sent us towards an area on the other side that we had not checked. Again we walked up and down the rows with no luck. The cicadas buzzed in the trees that sheltered us from the midday Athens sun. We were prepared for the heat, but we feared the flowers may not reach their intended destination. As we headed back towards the front gates, a groundskeeper approached us. He had no doubt been observing this couple wandering from row to row with flowers in hand. We asked if he knew where Mitropanos was buried and he said "Of course". We followed him as he wound his way through the cemetery until we reached a section far in the back corner. We realized that we never would have found this place without his help.
We thanked the groundskeeper and then placed our roses at the foot of Mitropanos' grave. We stood in silence for a moment and then turned to be on our way. We took one last look as a dove flew down and landed on the cross of the grave next to Mitropanos. As Dimitrios sings in his song Akou, "Listen, I'm still living".
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First National Cemetery of Athens (Dimitrios Mitropanos) , Ekklisia Agii Theodori Malamou
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