Theatre of Dionysus

Theatre of Dionysus

This is the world’s oldest theatre in Athens and in the 5th century BC it was home to the annual spring drama festival. The likes of Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes presented their plays for critique and competition in front of 17,000 spectators during this time. The seats in the front row were constructed like elaborate […]

Mars Hill (Areopagus)

Mars Hill Athens Greece

No doubt you have heard of this place in some form or fashion. If you follow the Christian faith, then you’ll recognize this to be where the Apostle Paul delivered his famous speech about the identity of God as found in Acts 17. Near the base of the stairs, you will find a small bronze […]

Temple of Hephaestus

Temple of Hephaestus

This is one of the best-preserved temples in Greece. It was dedicated to its name’s sake who was the god of fire and to Athena the goddess of pottery and crafts. Built around 450 BC it was designed by one of the talented architects who also assisted with the Parthenon. Some of the original friezes […]

Hadrian’s Library

Hadrian's Library

Unfortunately, little remains of this once impressive structure. Built by the Roman Emperor Hadrian in 132 AD in Athens, it followed the typical Roman Forum architectural style. It only had one entrance but incorporated a central pool and garden along with the inner courtyard. It was seriously damaged during an invasion in 267 AD and […]

Olympian Zeus Temple

Olympian Zeus Temple

This impressive structure was started in the 6th century by Pisistratos but construction halted either because of a lack of money or because the builder’s son, Hippias, was kicked off the throne in 510 B.C. Emperor Hadrian finally completed the temple in 131 A.D., almost seven hundred years later. Originally there were 104 Corinthian columns, […]

Acropolis

Acropolis Parthenon

The best advice I can give you related to visiting this institution is to go either early in the morning or late the evening. Walking around Athens in the summer is like taking a stroll on the surface of the sun. That is not an exaggeration… It may be a slight exaggeration.  Nevertheless, by wisely […]

Ancient Agora

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This archaeological site is located near the northwest slope of the Acropolis and is known as the “agora” marketplace. Goods were not the only things that were sold here; prostitution was popular as well. Where else could you get a bushel of apples with a side of human flesh? In its prime, this ancient site […]

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