“How great are the dangers I face to win a good name in Athens.” — Alexander the Great
I have been so excited to post this leg of the trip! Athens is definitely in my top places out of where we went on this cruise. Though I guess I should say more specifically, the Acropolis of Athens.
Visiting the Acropolis was absolutely amazing. When I could see it from the road I promptly started freaking out.
On the walk way up, we passed one of the theaters on the Acropolis, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, built in 161 AD.
The entire area is under heavy construction in an attempt to restore everything. which is awesome to know that it’s being restored, but also slightly a bummer to not be able to just witness everything as it stood.
There are some parts that can be seen as still riddled with destruction from wars over the course of history.
A few more steps past the entrance columns, it was all laid out there before us, and I teared up. Despite all the construction, it was still amazing to be there, in that spot.
First up in my sights was of course the Parthenon. This building has been used as a myriad of things over the course of its existence, from a treasury to a mosque. The rest of this post will be dedicated to the Parthenon, because I feel like I have a lot to say/show!
It was crazy to see how tall this monument is!
On the west side, part of the pediment still remains.
And here, friends, is where I lost my shit.
In this picture, you can see some holes below the pediment.
The story goes that these holes were made from shields that Alexander had sent to have placed on the Parthenon to commemorate his victory over the Persians at Granikos. I love reading stories about Alexander the Great [and in general Greek and Roman history/mythos], so this just blew my mind, to witness this.
Next week I will talk more about the buildings of the Acropolis! I swear. :)