Take Me Away: The Acropolis Of Athens
One of the highlights for me while visiting Athens with Discover Greece was experiencing the Acropolis in all it’s glory. It’s something about ancient ruins that evoke a magnificent past provoking a somewhat fascination of what is left.
The Acropolis also known as the ‘Sacred Rock’ of Athens is an ancient citadel located on a rocky hill and contains the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance, the most famous being the Parthenon. Being the most important site of the city, it is the most significant reference point of ancient Greek culture, as well as the symbol of the city of Athens itself.
Completed in 438BC it was Pericles who coordinated the construction of the site’s most important buildings including the Parthenon, the Propylaia, the Erechtheion and the Temple of Athena Nike. The parthenon is currently under some reparation work since 1975 as it was seriously damaged during the 1687 siege by the Venetians in the Morean War.
We managed to go in the afternoon after 4pm as Summer hours mean it closes at 8pm. It’s the perfect place to go and watch the sun go down and in my humble opinion it is pretty magical. You are surrounded by classical Greek architecture, Doris Columns, and with the glorious light reflecting, it is somewhat surreal. I wanted to try and convey this atmosphere and transmit this through my photos, so I felt the mono function on my Olympus Pen F was perfect. It gives a real grainy effect which I feels add so much more depth to the images bringing it to life. Here are a few of my snaps which I hope you enjoy and perhaps will transport you back in time 🙂
A big thank you for making this trip possible to Discover Greece, New Hotel for the great accommodation and Aegean Airlines – who have regular daily flights from London to Athens.
Old Fashioned Susie25th May 2016 at 7:30 pm
Stunning shots! I remember seeing this on the horizon coming back towards Athens on a sailing holiday. Just magical- a memory that’ll stay with me forever
Caroline26th May 2016 at 1:32 am
I am still dreaming about my visit in Grece Athens. Acropolis is overwhelming. How did you manage to take those pictures? Where are the huge crowd? Usually there are so many people around.
Jen Stanbrook27th May 2016 at 8:03 am
Wow Arianna, such beautiful images, and you’re right, the mono function was perfect for this setting. It seems so quiet when you were there, is that normal?