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An impressive example of ancient Greek architecture, the Parthenon is a cultural landmark like no other. It once served as a treasury and at another point housed a Christian church. Now, the Parthenon is a must-see sight and the unchallenged highlight of visiting the Acropolis (and for some, Greece in general).

Recent travelers loved visiting the Parthenon despite the ongoing restoration work that's taking place on parts of the building's exterior. To enhance your experience, visitors recommended opting for a half- or full-day guided tour with an independent company like PK Travel GreeceFantasy Travel or Timeless Athens Tours. These tours are led by local experts, but rates – which start at 29 euros ($31) per person – do not cover Acropolis admissions fees.

One-day tickets to the Acropolis, including the Parthenon, cost 20 euros ($22) per person; five-day unified tickets are 30 euros (or about $32.50) each. Visitors are not permitted to enter the Parthenon due to its fragile state, but you can look at and take photos of the attraction's exterior. All tickets include access to restrooms, refreshment stands and a gift shop by the property's Acropolis Museum entrance.

You'll find the Parthenon in central Athens within walking distance of the Acropoli, Sygrou - Fix, Monastiraki and Thissio metro stations. Bus stops are also available nearby, and limited fee-based parking is offered on-site. The Parthenon is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, excluding select Greek public holidays. Learn more about the Parthenon at the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports' ODYSSEUS website.

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#2 Plaka The beautiful, historical neighborhood of Plaka, located under the Acropolis, is largely residential. Still, its assortment of restaurants and cafes keep it swarming with tourists each summer. You can also ... Read more » Poike / Getty Images

#3 Parthenon An impressive example of ancient Greek architecture, the Parthenon is a cultural landmark like no other. It once served as a treasury and at another point housed a Christian church ... Read more » L. Toshio Kishiyama / Getty Images

#4 Acropolis While there are many more acropoleis (the plural of "acropolis," in case you're wondering) in Greece, it's this one in central Athens that garners the most attention. In ... Read more » Scott E Barbour / Getty Images

#5 Erechtheion 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 ... Read more » Diego Mariottini / EyeEm / Getty Images

#6 Ancient Agora The agoras of the ancient Greek city-states were open areas for people to assemble for anything from military purposes to political or commercial ones. Ancient Agora is the most popular ... Read more » joci03 / Getty Images

#7 Temple of Hephaestus One of central Athens' best preserved ruins is the Temple of Hephaestus. Nestled within Ancient Agora, this site was built between 460 and 420 B.C. and once served as ... Read more » turtix / Getty Images

#8 Benaki Museum The Benaki Museum focuses on Greek art, from prehistory to the modern age. Its campus features several contemporary and historic buildings that house everything from Islamic art to art studios ... Read more » John Winder / Flickr

#9 Herod Atticus Odeon Situated on the south slope of the Acropolis, the Herod Atticus Odeon was named after Tiberius Claudius Herod Atticus, a wealthy Athenian who sponsored the building of this ancient outdoor ... Read more » George Papapostolou photographer / Getty Images

#10 Museum of Cycladic Art Founded in 1986 as a place to display Aegean and Cypriot artifacts owned by Nicholas and Dolly Goulandris, two Athenians interested in preserving Greek culture, the Museum of Cycladic Art ... Read more » Dimitris Kamaras / Flickr

#11 National Archaeological Museum The National Archaeological Museum contains some of the most revered artifacts of Greece, dating back to 6000 B.C., and is considered one of the world's best museums for ... Read more » Chris Brooks / Flickr

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One of Ancient Agora's most impressive ruins is the Temple of Hephaestus, which features towering pillars and sculptures made of marble. turtix / Getty Images

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Though the Museum of Cycladic Art's architecture is impressive, it's a hit with visitors for its collection of Aegean and Cypriot artifacts. Dimitris Kamaras / Flickr

To see one of the world's most impressive collections of ancient Greek artifacts, visit the National Archaeological Museum. Chris Brooks / Flickr

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