“The Parthenon through the years” tour

Athens, Greece

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A fascinating Athens self-guided audio walking tour in Parthenon with credible & original stories written by top local professionals. Enjoy it instantly on your smartphone device.

Parthenon through the years invites you on a journey through space and time, and captivates you with the wealth of stories about Phidias, Pericles, Evliya Çelebi, Morosini, Lord Elgin, and King Otto. Each and every one of them defined how we see the temple and left their mark on the building’s stones and sculptures.

The Parthenon is endowed with architectural and sculptural wonders that impress the visitor; but nothing can compare to the fascinating stories associated with the temple and the people who built it, used it, and abused it. This tour presents the Parthenon through a tour of downtown Athens and offers a comprehensive storyline of its turbulent past.

Marvel at the never-fading beauty of the immortal gods of Mount Olympus who serenely observe you (and the ancient Athenians) from the frieze at the Acropolis Museum. Look up towards the Parthenon and remember the wonder felt by the Muslim traveler who saw before him the most magnificent mosque in the world. Stand on the top of Philopappos Hill and imagine the noise and smoke from the Venetian cannons that blew up the Parthenon. Stroll through Monastiraki and ponder whether the clock donated to the Athenians by Lord Elgin and erected in the middle of Hadrian’s Library was an adequate compensation for the brutal removal of the Parthenon marbles. Finally, enjoy the view of the Acropolis from the Greek Parliament and feel the excitement of the first king of Greece, Otto, as he surveyed the Parthenon daily from his palace.


  • The Monument | Acropolis Museum

    1. The Monument | Acropolis Museum

    The Parthenon’s significance lies in the message it expresses, its harmonious design, its excellent execution, the quality of the materials used and the uniqueness of its sculptural decoration.
  • The Panathenaic Procession (The Frieze)

    2. The Panathenaic Procession (The Frieze)

    The Great Panathenaea procession was part of the most important Athenian festival honoring the Goddess Athena. The preparations, the contests, the offerings and Athena’s peplos (robe) are all depicted on the frieze.
  • The battles of the metopes

    3. The battles of the metopes

    The four most important mythical battles of ancient Greece are depicted on the metopes. Mythical creatures, gods and men fight for victory.

Featured stories

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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!

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Address Acropolis Museum
Starting point 15 Dionysiou Areopagitou, Athens (Metro station Acropolis)
Finishing point 133 Leof. Vasilisis Amalias, Athina
Areas Acropolis Museum, Philopappos Ηill, Monastiraki Square, Hellenic Parliament
Opening hours Acropolis Museum: Mon. 8.00-16.00, Tue.-Sun. 8.00-20.00, Fri. 8.00-22.00 | Acropolis: Mon. - Sun. 8.00-20.00
Additional admission Acropolis Museum: 5€ General | Acropolis: 20€ General

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.

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By clicking "Add to cart", you are purchasing this tour in English. This tour is also available in the following languages: Ελληνικά.