The Acropolis of Athens ~ The Cradle of Western Civilization

The word 'Acropolis' is adopted from the Greek word Akropoli. It is used to mean 'edge or extremity'. The Acropolis of Athens is located on a rocky outcrop in the Greece capital, Athens.

The site where the Acropolis is located is thought to have been inhabited as early as the 4th millennium BC, but it was not until Pericles decided to build several important architectural marvels in the 5th millennium BC that it was firmly put on the world map.

Among the most important buildings in the Acropolis of Athens include; the Parthenon, the Temple of Athena, the Propylaia and the Erechtheion. In these buildings, you get a peek into what was an elaborate religious society. The Greek mythology that you read and fail to understand will unfold right before you r eyes. Whether it is about the god Poseidon or the goddess Artemis or about Ceclops or Herse, you will have a chance to know where it all began.

Like all good things, the Acropolis attracted the envy of the surrounding powers. It was thus the first to be destroyed when the Venetians overrun Athens during the Morean War of 1687. This is not to say that there remains nothing to be seen here. The Greece government has taken a lot of effort to preserve this important heritage. In fact, the Acropolis of Athens was inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1987.

This is a destination that will inspire you to understand the history of Western Civilization. Make sure you have a knowledgeable tour guide when you visit.

By Kennedy Runo about Athens

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