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It’s still among the most impressive of all ancient sites. 141 Ī FURTHER AFIELD İ Eleusis The Sanctuary of Demeter at Eleusis – accessible by city bus from Athens – was one of the most important in the ancient world. 137 Ī ATTICA ĭ Temple of Poseidon Cape Soúnio and the beautiful temple that stands at its tip have long been a landmark for sailors approaching Athens. 133 Ī ATTICA İ Mount Parnitha Looking out from the ancient fortress of Phyle, just an hour from the centre of Athens, the unspoilt nature of Mount Parnitha is readily apparent.
Look out for the ostraka, or shards of pottery, with names written on them. At annual assemblies of the citizens, these ostraka would be handed in, and the individual with most votes banished, or “ostracized”, from the city for ten years. 61 Pláka Although surrounded by huge, traffic-choked avenues, Pláka itself is a welcome escape, its narrow streets offering no throughroutes for traffic even where you are allowed to drive. Nineteenthcentury houses, some grand, some humble, can be seen everywhere, their gateways opening onto verdant courtyards overlooked by wooden verandahs.
At the touch of Athena’s spear, the first ever olive tree sprang from the ground, while Poseidon summoned forth a spring of sea water. Athena won, and became patron of the city. Today, the sacred objects within are long gone, but the series 57 The Acropolis Museum Main Acropolis site. 30am–3pm. Placed discreetly on a level below that of the main monuments, the Acropolis Museum contains virtually all of the portable objects removed from the site since 1834. ̄ ACROPOLIS MUSEUM Labelling is fairly basic, so to explore in detail a supplementary guide is useful, though it’s also easy to eavesdrop on the many tour guides passing through – indeed, usually it’s impossible to avoid doing so.