Acropolis: Skip The Line e-Ticket and Audio TourAthens, Greece
Delve into the history, myths, and rituals of Ancient Athens with a skip the line e-ticket for the Acropolis and a digital audio tour on your smartphone. Admire the unparalleled excellence of ancient Greek architecture as you travel back in time to experience the glory of Classical Athens.
Waltz in the Acropolis with your skip-the-line e-ticket and a self-guided audio tour on your phone designed by an accredited expert. Download a fascinating audio tour, based on an award-winning storytelling concept, and gain great insights into the most iconic landmark of Athens! Marvel at the beauty of the Theatre of Dionysus, the Odeon of Herodes of Atticus, the Propylaea, the Erechtheion, the temple of Athena Nike and the Parthenon as you follow in the footsteps of the city’s early citizens.
This is an unmissable opportunity to delve into the history, myths, and rituals of Ancient Athens with a skip the line e-ticket for the Acropolis and a digital audio tour on your smartphone. Admire the unparalleled excellence of ancient Greek architecture as you experience at your own pace the glory of Classical Athens.
Delve into the history, myths, and rituals of Ancient Athens with a skip-the-line e-ticket for the Acropolis and a digital audio tour on your smartphone.
1. The great staircaseRight from the get-go the Acropolis offers stories and monuments and lessons in art, strategy, and politics. The path may be slippery but at least you won’t be greeted by a shower of lethal missiles.
2. The PropylaeaWhat did the Parthenon mean to the ancient Greeks? Well, not very much for there are only a handful of references to it. Not so with the Propylaea.
3. Old temple of AthenaThere are many famous stories about the Acropolis during the Persian Wars (the wooden walls, the snake that would not eat his honey cake etc.). And yet they all concern a temple that almost nobody notices.
The right bastion
The great staircaseAs you climb towards the Acropolis you will notice a bastion on your right (atop of which stands the small temple of Athena Nike). There is no corresponding bastion on your left but this is as it should be. This bastion is a reminder of the defensive role of the Acropolis. After all this was a castle and a refuge for the people of Athens in times of danger. Ancient Greeks always fought holding a shield with their left hand and a spear with their right. This means that the right side of any attacker was exposed to missiles hurled by the defender, while the left side was well-protected behind the shield. This bastion allowed the Athenians to attack their enemies with lethal force long before they could hope to reach the gates of the Acropolis.
Hermes by Socrates
The PropylaeaThe Propylaea were full of statues and dedicatory inscriptions. The most notable one was a statue of Hermes which was claimed to be the work of Socrates, the famous philosopher who had been trained as a sculptor next to his father. The most famous decorative feature of the Propylaea, though, was the ceiling. The marble coffers (the sunken panels in the ceiling) were decorated with gold or gilded stars against a blue background. The primary purpose of the coffers was to reduce the overall weight of the ceiling, but the sculptors who worked on them created a spectacular visual decoration that remained unsurpassed in its beauty for centuries.
The flying statue
Old temple of AthenaThis old temple served as the perennial residence of the sacred statue of Goddess Athena. The Athenians believed that the wooden statue had fallen from the sky and spared no expense to demonstrate their piety towards it. The most famous example of their devotion to this old relic was the festival of the Great Panathenaia, forever immortalized in the Parthenon frieze. During the festival, held every four years in the height of summer, the people of Athens formed a grand procession to deliver the peplos, a special robe made by the women of Athens for the wooden statue of Athena.
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Our stories are zany and so is the team of creative writers, thinkers, doers & explorers behind them: a dedicated art conservator, who if left unattended will be found making stuff out of paper and fabric, a caring archaeologist with long Renaissance curls who loves art and baking & a passionate travel writer suffering from incurable wanderlust and a healthy obsession with Thomas Pynchon. To this, add a gifted graphic designer, who playfully experiments with designs, colors, hairstyles, and fashion transformations daily, and a world-class network of travel experts and accredited tour guides who share our crush for ingenuity and create distinctive tours and travel stories that bring the world closer to you!
|Starting point||There is no meeting point. The audio tour is designed to begin at the Side Acropolis entrance from the south-east slopes of the hill (Thrasillou, Athens, 105 58).|
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|Areas||South Slopes, The Propylaea, The Parthenon|
|Opening hours||Acropolis opening hours: from September 16-30, 8:00 AM-7:00 PM; October 1-15, 8:00 AM-6:30 PM; October 16-31, 8:00 AM-6:00 PM; November 1 to March 31, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM|
Why take a self-guided tour?
This is a self-guided tour based on the award-winning storytelling concept developed by Clio Muse and the fascinating narratives prepared by our handpicked destination experts.
You can enjoy each multilingual tour by using your smartphone or tablet at your own pace even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step-by-step as you explore all points of interest along your route. Each stop comes with a selection of our signature stories allowing you to tailor the tour experience to your personal interests and schedule.
After downloading Clio Muse app, you can access this tour and activate it any moment you wish and also repeat it any time. To best enjoy our multimedia self-guided tour (comprising maps, video, audio and text) we recommend the use of headphones.