Standing tall and proud above the Greek capital, the Acropolis of Athens is an iconic piece of archaeological and architectural history that has borne witness to thousands of years of Greek cultural development.
A citadel built on a rocky outcrop, the Acropolis is a collection of ancient ruins, the most famous of which is the Parthenon, the well-known pillared structure that so often represents Greece on television, in textbooks and anywhere else Greek national identity needs to be summed up in a single image.
Walking around these ancient stone structures you cannot help but wonder about those who have stood in that spot before you, and how they moved these huge stone pieces into place under the blazing hot sun.
A true taste of one of man's great achievements, there is an air of civility and greatness that you only wish you could take back with you to the streets and towns where you live.
Where is it?
The Acropolis is located on a flat-topped rocky plateau 150m above the Greek capital.
What is it?
The Acropolis of Athens is an important archaeological site and an awe-inspiring place to reflect on the ancient roots of modern ideas like democracy.
Best time to visit?
Athens can be very hot and very busy in the summer months, so spring and autumn are a better bet to enjoy the sights without too much hustle and bustle and in a temperature that is bearable.
The Parthenon is without doubt the must see attraction of the Acropolis, but there is plenty more besides and you can easily spend several hours immersing yourself in this fascinating, historic place.