Acropolis under the August full moon – LIVE
The night of the August full moon, Saturday August 13, the Acropolis will be closed after a decision by the Archaeological Service due to works.
Never the less on Saturday August 13 you may see the Acropolis under the August full moon, by visiting http://www.acropolis.gr with your Desktop, Laptop or Smartphone.
The Acropolis of Athens or Citadel of Athens is the best known acropolis in the world. Although there are many other acropoleis in Greece, the significance of the Acropolis of Athens is such that it is commonly known as The Acropolis without qualification.
Acropolis = akros, akron, edge, extremity + polis, city.
The Acropolis was formally proclaimed as the preeminent monument on the European Cultural Heritage list of monuments on 26 March 2007.
The Acropolis is a flat-topped rock that rises 150 m (490 ft) above sea level in the city of Athens, with a surface area of about 3 hectares. It was also known as Cecropia, after the legendary serpent-man, Cecrops, the first Athenian king.
The entrance to the Acropolis was a monumental gateway called the Propylaea. To the south of the entrance is the tiny Temple of Athena Nike.
A bronze statue of Athena, sculpted by Phidias, originally stood at its centre. At the centre of the Acropolis is the Parthenon or Temple of Athena Parthenos (Athena the Virgin).
East of the entrance and north of the Parthenon is the temple known as the Erechtheum.
South of the platform that forms the top of the Acropolis there are also the remains of an outdoor theatre called Theatre of Dionysus.A few hundred metres away, there is the now partially reconstructed Theatre of Herodes Atticus.
All the valuable ancient artifacts are situated in the New Acropolis Museum, which resides 300 meters on the southeast of the Rock of the Acropolis, on Dionysiou Areopagitou Street.