The Athenian Akropolis

The Athenian Akropolis © David Gill

The Athenian Akropolis was listed as a World Heritage site in 1987. The skyline is dominated by the Parthenon constructed during the 440s and 430 BC (and originally containing the chryselephantine statue of Athena Parthenos created by the sculptor Pheidias).

Erechtheion, Athens
The Erechtheion © David Gill

To the north of the Parthenon lies the complex of religious sites contained within the Erechtheion. This contains the caryatid porch that overlaps with the remains of the late 6th century BC temple of Athena.

Propylaia Athens
Propylaia © David Gill

The western entrance to the Akropolis is dominated by the Propylaia constructed towards the end of the Parthenon building project and halted by the outbreak of the Peloponnesian War. This was flanked on the south side by the temple of Athena Nike constructed in the 420s BC, and on the north by the Pinakotheke.

Author: David Gill

David Gill is Honorary Professor in the Centre for Heritage at the University of Kent, and an Academic Associate in SISJAC at UEA; Professor of Archaeological Heritage.

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