Parthenon

Vacation Travel Guide
Parthenon

Step back in time and explore the ancient myths etched into the walls of the largest Doric temple in Greece, originally dedicated to the warrior goddess Athena.

The Parthenon, the most famous structure at the Acropolis, was completed in 438 B.C. and is a striking example of ancient Greek architecture. Over the centuries, this symbol of strength has survived the rise and fall of civilizations, wars and modern development and today is a source of great pride for the country. Tourists from around the world come to photograph, paint and just gaze in wonder at the Doric columns, statues and detailed reliefs carved into the white marble.

This ancient Athenian temple has gone through many reincarnations over the past 2,500 years. It’s been a treasury, a storehouse for ammunition and an army barracks. While many of the statues and friezes are now in museums, anyone appreciating history and art will still find plenty to admire for at least an hour. Note that there’s long-term renovation underway, and some views may be obstructed by scaffolding.

Learn of the great stories etched into these historic marble walls. The east pediment depicts the birth of Athena from the head of her father, Zeus, the father of all gods in Greek mythology. The west pediment tells of a great battle between Athena and Poseidon. The goddess is depicted holding an olive tree while the mighty god of the sea raises his trident.

Refreshments are available at the park outside the Acropolis, but it’s more cost-effective to bring snacks and water from a nearby store. If you would like some help interpreting what you see, head over near the ticket booth and hire a guide. Alternatively, grab a guidebook and take the self-guided option.

The Parthenon is part of the Acropolis complex in the city center and is accessible by public transportation. Admission is covered in the cost of entry to the Acropolis, and the site is open daily. In summer avoid the heat and get there early.

Top Hotels Close to Parthenon

Athens Gate Hotel
Athens Gate Hotel
4 out of 5
10 Syngrou Avenue, Athens, Attiki
The price is ¥13,401 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
Located in Athens City Centre, this hotel is steps from Greek Evangelical Church, Arch of Hadrian, and Temple of Olympian Zeus. Theatre of Dionysus and Museum ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (973 reviews)
"Great location. Helpful staff."

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2021

Athens Gate Hotel
Divani Palace Acropolis
Divani Palace Acropolis
5 out of 5
19 25 Parthenonos St, Athens, Attiki
The price is ¥14,086 per night from Nov 5 to Nov 5
This family-friendly Athens hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Temple of Athena Nike, Odeon of Herodes Atticus, and Theatre of Dionysus. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (936 reviews)
"Excellent location within walking distance of the major sites."

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2021

Divani Palace Acropolis
Electra Metropolis Athens
Electra Metropolis Athens
5 out of 5
15 Mitropoleos Street, Athens, Attiki
Fully refundable
The price is ¥23,454 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 16
Located in Athens City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps from Ermou Street, Shopping Street, and Syntagma Square. Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens and Adrianou ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (945 reviews)
"This was probably one of the best hotel experiences that I've ever had. My wife wasnt feeling well and the staff bent over backwards to assist me. They located an open pharmacy, secured transportation, and were just a joy to interact with."

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Electra Metropolis Athens
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Acropolis View Hotel
Acropolis View Hotel
3 out of 5
10, Webster Str. & Robertou Galli, Athens, Attica
The price is ¥8,134 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
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Athens Gate Hotel
Athens Gate Hotel
4 out of 5
10 Syngrou Avenue, Athens, Attiki
The price is ¥13,401 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
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Divani Palace Acropolis
Divani Palace Acropolis
5 out of 5
19 25 Parthenonos St, Athens, Attiki
The price is ¥14,086 per night from Nov 5 to Nov 5
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Electra Metropolis Athens
Electra Metropolis Athens
5 out of 5
15 Mitropoleos Street, Athens, Attiki
The price is ¥23,454 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 16
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Grand Hyatt Athens
Grand Hyatt Athens
5 out of 5
115, Syngrou Avenue, Athens, Attica
The price is ¥15,245 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
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The Pinnacle Athens
The Pinnacle Athens
5 out of 5
75 Eolou & Evripidou, Athens
The price is ¥12,108 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
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Electra Palace Athens
Electra Palace Athens
5 out of 5
18 - 20 N Nikodimou Street, Athens, Attiki
The price is ¥19,144 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
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COCO-MAT Athens BC
COCO-MAT Athens BC
5 out of 5
5 Falirou, Athens
The price is ¥19,936 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 16
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Plaka Hotel
Plaka Hotel
3 out of 5
7, Kapnikareas & Mitropoleos St, Athens, Attiki
The price is ¥9,499 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 16
Plaka Hotel
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