The Parthenon is a former temple now ancient ruin situated at the Athenian Acropolis in Athens, Greece. The Parthenon is dedicated to the goddess Athena, its build was completed in 432BC when the Athenian Empire was at its peak. The former temple is considered one of the most important surviving examples of Classical Greece and Greek art. The temple served as the city's treasury before becoming a place of worship for Christians in the 6th century AD. The classical building is considered as a symbol of Ancient Greece and Western Civilisation, it is part of the Acropolis of Athens UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple fell to ruin after being damaged in the 17th century, during a battle between the Ottomans and the Venetians.
The former temple is situated at the Acropolis of Athens which is situated on a rocky outcrop, so a bit of walking is required to get to the area although the Parthenon is visible from areas of the city. The metro stops at the bottom of the outcrop the Acropolis of Athens sits on, stopping at the ‘Acropoli’ stop on the M2 line. The 1, 5, 15, 040 and 230 buses also stop close by.
Opening Times and Admission
You can visit the Parthenon daily, the Acropolis of Athens is open from 8 am to 8 pm although times vary depending on the time of the year. Entrance to the Acropolis of Athens where the Parthenon is situated will set you back 20 euros.