Parthenon#4 in Best Things To Do in Athens
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 Greece, Fantasy 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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#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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