PHOTO: Acropolis at Dusk, Greece Athens
The Acropolis of Athens is the best known acropolis (Gr. akros, akron,edge, extremity + polis, city, pl. acropoleis) in the world. Although there are many other acropoleis in Greece, the significance of the Acropolis of Athens is such that it is commonly known as The Acropolis without qualification.
Built in the fifth century B.C., the Acropolis temples — the Parthenon, Temple of Athena Nike and Erechtheum — are considered the greatest architectural accomplishment of classical Greece. Visit them in the day, but indulge further by night, when the Mediterranean sun cools and bathes the city in a warm-toned glow. The view of Mount Hymettus is especially stunning at sunset and well into the late starry night.
The Acropolis was formally proclaimed as the pre-eminent monument on the European Cultural Heritage list of monuments on 26 March 2007. The Acropolis is a flat-topped rock which rises 150 m (490 ft) above sea level in the city of Athens, with a surface area of about 3 hectares. It was also known as Cecropia, after the legendary serpent-man, Cecrops, the first Athenian king. [Read more via Wikipedia]