Wednesday, 26 October 2011 23:20

Spent the Day on the Acropolis

Written by  Ken Ku
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Today was the perfect day to wander around the Acropolis and the hostel that I am staying is just minutes away which makes it even better.  I took a leisurely stroll along the cobblestone path so that I can commit everything to memory and also to scout out places that would make interesting night photos.  The ticket is 12€ for admission to the Acropolis of Athens and you also receive tickets to: the Ancient Agora, the Theatre of Dionysus, the Roman Agora, Kerameikos, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and Hadrian's Library, along with admission to the Acropolis of Athens itself.  Since there is so much to see they allow you up to four days to see them all!  Not a bad price if you ask me.

When I when inside, I took the path to the right, instead of going up to the Acropolis, and looked at Odeum of Herodes Atticus.  Then I followed the path towards the Theatre of Dionysus.  The path is along the south wall of the Acropolis and it lead me to the Asklepielion.  The Asklepielion is built as a healing temple dedicated to Asclepius, the god of medicine and healing.  The snake circling a staff is still used in medicine today and is known as the rod of Asclepius.  Though it is often times confused with the caduceus, a staff with wings and two snakes, that Hermes carries and represents commerce.

I found myself somehow at the exit to the Acropolis and luckily I was able to get back inside.  It must be a common mistake that people make because when I went back to the entrance and explained that I didn't get to see the Parthenon, they let me back inside again.  This time I actually followed the signs up into the Acropolis.

Inside the Acropolis, the first temple I saw was the Temple of Athena Nike.  After that, I went inside and immediately saw the Parthenon.  I remember to my first art history class, we studied the Parthenon in great detail.  Ingrained in my mind are the words: Giantomachy, Amazonomachy, and Centauromachy.  Each represents a battle: the Olympian Gods against the Giants, the Athenians against the Amazons, and the battle agains the Centaurs.

Finally I ended my trip to the Acropolis with a visit to the Erechtheion.  This structure is perhaps the most well known for the porch of the caryatids.  While all the other buildings are supported with columns, the porch of caryatids is supported with maidens each dressed differently.  They are sculpted in a way so that they look feminine while supporting the weight of the roof.  It really amazes me the skill and ingenuity that the artists and engineers had back then to create such monuments.  Sometimes I just can't comprehend how they managed to make such structures without the aid of computers!

Check out my Daily Snaps sections to see more photos from today!

Last modified on Thursday, 27 October 2011 08:49
Ken Ku

Ken Ku

A photographer/printmaker/perpetual wanderer going on a backpacking adventure around the world.  Follow my journey as I discover new places and meet new people!

Website: www.kenkuphotography.ca

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