The Acropolis & Parthenon

view of Athens

View of the city of Athens from the Acropolis. Photo by Suzanne Conway

You’ve heard about the Acropolis, seen a photo or two and may know a little of its extensive history, but nothing can quite compare to standing before it; seeing its beauty; imagining its time of prosperity and relishing in its brilliance.

Built in the 5th century BC, the aptly named Acropolis, meaning “high city” in Greek, served as the spiritual and financial center of the city and has undergone many transitions throughout the centuries. In the sixth century AD, the temples were converted into Christian churches, and the Parthenon was renamed Panagia Athiniotissa (Virgin of Athens), serving as the city’s cathedral in the eleventh century. It then came under Frankish occupation, Turkish occupation and finally was handed to the Greeks in 1822, during the Greek War of Independence.

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Suzanne Conway

Suzanne Conway

Associate Editor at Perillo Traveler
Originally from a small town in New York, Suzanne relocated to Connecticut in her teens to a larger town, complete with cow fields (go figure). When not in the office, she can be found practicing yoga, traveling the globe, enjoying a concert, or trying to tell her Siamese cats apart.
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