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A to Z Challenge - A is for Areopagus Hill, the Acropolis and Athens

By Wednesday, April 01, 2015 ,

This post originally appeared as part of the A to Z Challenge, and was called 'A is for Areopagus Hill, the Acropolis and Athens '.

Areopagus Hill (Mars' Hill) a bare, rocky, marble bluff  on the east side of the Acropolis, with lots lots of rocks for sitting on, wild flowers and graffitti. It's a nice way to finish off a day seeing the ancient ruins.  While it's quite small in comparison the the hills nearby, it's a simple climb (there are modern stairs with a handrail as well as uneven, steep steps cut into the rock itself). From there, you can see a great view over the city, into the nearby Agoras, the Temple of Hephaestus and the Propylaea - the great gate to the Acropolis.

I'd climbed up there my first night in Athens, and ran into a coworker of mine - the one I usually travel with actually - who was in the city for work. It was a cloudy raining evening, and shortly afterwards we climbed down to find something to eat.


The last day of my Athens holiday started with torrential rain, but eventually cleared up. That night we climbed back up to see what the Acropolis would look like at night.  While waiting, we watched the other tourists take their selfies, two intrepid mountain bikers wheelie up and fly down the hill, and these guys marching down the steps (I assume they do it to check for tourist hiding out overnight - and also to keep guard against the Persians, Ottomans, Venetians and anyone associated with the British Museum).


I waited there what seemed like an age, while the sun set, the temperature dropped (it was an unusally cold weekend), my right foot fell asleep and my butt went numb from sitting on a rock.

First to light up was Mount Lycabettus, then the National Observatory of Athens, then the Temple of Hephaestus, and around 7pm the Erechtheion.


More and more of the walls around the Acropolis started to spring to life, until they suddenly all went black.

A few minutes later they came back on, in a surprising array of colors, making it looks like something from an eccentric Grecian jello mold.



I took these photos March 28th, a little bit after 19:00. The Acropolis was the last thing to be lit up, and it seemed like other monuments were lit up half an hour earlier.You don't have to wait at the top of the hill of course, you could stop by after dinner or any time in the evening. I had no problems finding my way down the (new steps) in the dark, but if you fancy climbing up the old ones you might want to go while it's still light. The hill is also accessible from other, less steep sides, although you may run into those adventurous cyclists.

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11 comments

  1. Hi - I found you thru the A to Z Challenge. Wonderful picture of the Acropolis at night. When we were in Athens, we only saw it during the day. Would have been nice to see it lit up like you did! Cheers - Ellen

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  2. Wow, its really beautiful at night. What a neat experience.

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  3. Very nice first post AND place to travel.

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  4. I love that the guys marching down the steps look like they are waving to you.

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  5. Wow, very neat! Greece is one of the places I'd love to visit! Thanks so much for sharing your pictures! If you have time you can stop by my A Post

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  6. Awesome photos! It looks even more stunning in the evening hours! Looking forward to seeing the other destinations you will post about during the challenge.

    Sean at His and Her Hobbies

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  7. This sounds like a great way to spend an evening relaxing. Some of my most pleasant experiences are spent waiting for something to start (a show, fireworks, etc). And the view helps too :)

    Farin
    http://farinvazquez.blogspot.com

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  8. Great pictures, very interesting post.

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  9. Stopping in from SITS girls sharpest. I had to say hi because my shared post is about Sheet Pan Greek Chicken! Following you everywhere now...

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  10. That should have been SHAREFEST... darn spell check...

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  11. Wow - lovely! It's interesting that they chose to use the colors like that. I wouldn't have expected it. Thanks for sharing!

    Stopping by from Sharefest

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