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Mike's Odyssey to Greece - 2005

Part 5: Acropolis at Night

We took a trip downtown, and along the way, I wanted to visit the Acropolis. At this point I had been in Greece about 5 days and still had not yet observed the Parthenon.

We reached the base of the Acropolis in the neighborhood of Monastiraki around 6 PM, which is very early for Athens. Most restaurants don't serve dinner until about 9 PM, and things don't get hopping for the dinner crowd until about 10:30 PM.

Kimissi Church
A Byzantine church called "Church of Kimissi." It's the first thing you see when leaving the subway station.

But, as we approached the Roman Agora, we quickly learned that most of the sites around the Acropolis do close early,and we would have to wait for another day before actually touring the site.

Roman ruins
The ruins of the Library of Hadrian at the base of the Acropolis.

The Acropolis as seen from below at the ruins of the Roman Agora.

The Roman ruins are relatively new, being only 2,000 years old as opposed to the Parthenon's 2,500 age...

Ruins at sunset
The ruins of the Roman Agora at sunset from the Taverna Acropoli.

One of the sights in the Roman Agora is the so-called "Tower of the Winds," an ancient clock and astronomical device. It kept time via a sundial during the day and via a water clock at night.

Tower of Winds
The Tower of the Winds in the Roman Agora.

Still, we decided to sit and enjoy the view and enjoy several cold beers and some sampling of taziki and gyros. The sunsets in Greece are breath-takingly beautiful, and the Acropolis looks amazing lit up at night under a full moon.

The Acropolis at sunset.

The Acropolis lit up at night.

Continue on to Part 6: Acropolis (or "European landmarks covered in scaffolding")