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Famous Athens Classical Buildings You Must Visit

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Telling history via architecture is an art. Architecture reveals information about human evolution, historical context, worldview, ancestry, and future aspirations. We can see culture and identity just by looking at buildings. A structure that chronicles the tales of hundreds of generations fascinates us. Classical architecture especially embodies all this.

Ancient Greece is where classical architecture first emerged. It is renowned for its symmetry and proportional features, distinctive columns, rectangular windows, and use of marble or other lovely, long-lasting stone. Classical architecture is an excellent example of concepts like intellect, humility, and boldness.

Nowadays, tourists from all over the world travel to Athens, Greece in search of inspiration and motivation. You should also plan your vacation to Athens to see the works of Greek classical architecture. Athens Airport Eleftherios Venizelos is the sole international airport that provides service to the city of Athens. The distance between the city center and Athens airport is 20 km. You may get from the airport to the city center via airport taxi, rail, metro, or bus. It takes 35 to 40 minutes to go by taxi to Athens airport or to the city center. AtoB airport transfer is the quickest method for reaching your destination.

Next, we’ll look at some of Athens’ most notable ancient classical structures, which have served as a major source of inspiration for many builders throughout the years. We really hope that you will be motivated to come here and find inspiration.

Parthenon

Are Greek mythology something you enjoy? In that case, you’ve probably heard of Athena, the fighting goddess, and Zeus’ daughter. Take an AtoB airport taxi and go see the Parthenon if you’re fortunate enough to be in Athens. You’ll always remember its picture, which dominates the metropolitan skyline.

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The most well-known ancient Greek temple is the Parthenon, which was built in the Doric style and serves as the focal point of the Acropolis complex. This temple’s primary purpose was to protect the Athena statue. It was a deliberate choice to use the Doric style with 8 columns on the façade and 17 columns on the side. Visitors who came to see this enormous statue were not permitted to enter the temple; they were required to see it from the outside.

Erechtheion

The Erechthenion, like the Parthenon, was a temple erected in homage to the gods and employed for religious ceremonies. Due to its location, this elaborate temple was built using a sophisticated design. Strategic planning was necessary to ensure the correct building of this monument given the difficult terrain.

The Erechthenion stands apart from the Parthenon in its beautiful lines and beauty despite the fact that both structures are Doric in design. To watch this genuine sight, it is worthwhile to make an Athens airport taxi reservation. Six Ionic columns line the entrance to the temple, which faces east. Six female sculptures known as the Caryatids support its two porches, one of which is on the southwest corner.

Temple of Hephaestus

The Temple of Hephaestus is another temple honoring the goddess Athena. The name, however, derives from the fact that Hephaestus, the deity of the furnace, was also honored. The fact that this temple is mostly constructed of Pentelian marble and has a limestone base is a fascinating fact. It features six columns in the front and thirteen columns rear, and it is situated atop Agora Hill, where you can easily get by Athens airport transfer.

Temple of Olympian Zeus

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It was a colossal temple located in the center of Athens, and although work began in the 6th century, it was stopped for unknown reasons. Only in 131 AD was the work resumed during the reign of the Roman Emperor Hadrian. The foundation of the temple to Zeus measured around 107 meters in length and 41 meters in breadth. Only fifteen of the temple’s original 104 17-meter columns remain and are accessible to tourists.

Odeon of Herodes Atticus

This elegant structure was constructed by the Greek Herod in honor of his Roman spouse Aspasia Anna Regilla. It was once a hip theatre with a distinctive wooden roof built of pricey Lebanese cedar. 5000 people might fit within this stone theatre during its years of operation.

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It was renovated in 1950, and Pentelian marble was used to rebuild the stage and seating area. The auditorium and stage are both in the open air nowadays. Variety of Greek and foreign acts are now held there. Unfortunately, you can only go inside the Herod Theater during a performance if you buy a ticket. At all other times, you can take an AtoB Athens airport transfer and view it from the Philopappus Hill or the Acropolis Slope, or you can walk up to it from Dionas Aryeopagus Street.

 

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