page 3


A few more
tips and insights

Time has been unking

The structure has suffered through the centuries.


In 1687 (over 2,000 years after the Acropolis was built), a stray cannon shell blew up ammunition being stored inside the Parthenon. The explosion permanently collapsed the roof and seriously damaged the columned walls.

Elgin Marbles

In the early 1800s, priceless marbles (now called the Elgin Marbles) were transferred without Greek approval to the British Museum in London. The Greek government has been demanding their return, without success.


When I first visited the Parthenon in 1966, it had no scaffolding. Unfortunately, it now bears that visual distraction because of a lengthy reconstruction project.

Air polution

It is badly eroding the precious historic buildings.


Acropolis means "high city", referring to a hilltop location on a mammoth, steep-sided rock outcropping crowned by a complex of temples and other monumental buildings.

More than one Acropolis

Some communities in Greece have an acropolis, too. The best known of those is on the Greek Island Lindos. However, the one in Athens is so famous that when you say "Acropolis" by itself, most people assume you are talking about the Athenian version.

Acropolis Museum

You can see original and replicas of the Acropolis' statues and friezes in the new Acropolis Museum located down the hill.

Learn More

for Acropolis - Page 1

Know my other
Greece tips and insights

Greece wonders - Top 10 rankings
Greece wonder map
Basic Greek phrases for travelers
Greek cuisine


Photo by Jon Corelis - CC BY-SA 3.0



Share this page

World's Top 100 Wonders
World's Top 1000 Wonders

Site map
My credentials
About my website and criteria
Reader testimonials