The Parthenon has been my bucket list for a long while, which is an ever so growing list. Jacob has never had a set bucket list, so I’m happy that he’s adopted mine as his own. Luckily, we both enjoy experiencing new things, exploring our backyards, and travel.
The Parthenon was a temple built in 438 BC and dedicated to the goddess Athena. It is located in Acropolis on a hilltop and is a prominent part of the city skyline of Athens. I didn’t do much research ahead of time and had no idea that large portions of the Parthenon was covered in scaffolding. All those pretty postcards were taken were either in 2010 or before 1983 or digitally reconstructed.
I still cannot believe that we finally got to visit Greece and see the Parthenon in person! :)
TIPS FOR VISITING THE PARTHENON ATHENS GREECE:
- Cost of tickets to Acropolis: 12 euro which includes 6 additional tickets to other archeological ruins in Athens (Ancient Agora, North and South Slope of the Acropolis, Hadrian’s Library, Kerameikos, Roman Agora, Olympieion).
- It’s probably best to shoot with a wide angle lens. I shot mostly at 17mm with a 17-35mm lens.
- Stay inside the Acropolis for as long as possible. The lights will turn on at the very end, and if you’re lucky enough, you can get a few photos before you get kicked out. There’s no re-entry after 7:30PM (3:00 PM during the winter).
- The best views of the Parthenon is not the first upon entering Acropolis. Go to the other side, and you can capture angles of it without as much scaffolding.
- If you can’t quite make it out to Greece yet, there’s an exact replica in Nashville, Tennessee!
The Parthenon is often confused with the Pantheon in Rome, and you can our post on the Pantheon here. See our 10-day in a carry on Greece packing list here.
Is the Parthenon on your travel bucket list?
What’s next on your bucket list?