Erechtheion#5 in Best Things To Do in Athens
Located just north of the Parthenon within the Acropolis complex, the Erechtheion was constructed between 421 and 406 B.C. as a place for Athenians to worship Erechtheus, the mythical king of Athens, and various Greek gods. Though smaller than the Parthenon, this structure features a frieze made of Eleusinian gray stone, multiple sculptures (known as caryatids) and other unique details, making it one of the Acropolis' most eye-catching buildings.
This sight's attention to detail makes it one of Athens' most popular ruins to visit. Sightseers love the caryatids found on the south side of the building, adding that these copies – five of the six original statues are on display in the Acropolis Museum, while the sixth resides in London's British Museum – are so accurate that it's hard to tell they're replicas. Another plus: the stunning city vistas.
The Erechtheion is open daily (excluding major Greek holidays) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To visit the site, travelers will need to purchase an Acropolis ticket, which costs 20 to 30 euros (or $22 to $32.50) per person. Standard tickets include one day of access to all of the Acropolis' attractions (including the Erechtheion) and facilities like bathrooms, beverage concessions and a gift shop, while unified tickets cover one entry to the Acropolis, Ancient Agora and the Archaeological Museum of Kerameikos within a five-day period. A small parking lot is available on-site, but driving in central Athens is not recommended, so consider using public transportation to reach the Erechtheion. Four metro stations – Acropoli, Sygrou - Fix, Monastiraki and Thissio – can be reached on foot from the attraction. Check out the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports' ODYSSEUS website for more information.
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#1 Acropolis Museum
As its name suggests, the Acropolis Museum – which resides in central Athens' Makrigianni district – houses various archaeological findings from the Acropolis. Key exhibits include a relief of Athena Nike, several carved statues from Erechtheion and a gallery with various Parthenon artifacts.
Many previous travelers said the Acropolis Museum was one of the best museums they'd ever visited, citing the property's displays as the perfect complement to the Acropolis' ruins. Another plus: the museum's design. Several visitors raved about the attraction's construction, especially its glass floors that offer a peek at the ruins situated beneath the building.
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