The Parthenon - Athens
Are you a business owner in Athens?
Promote your business 365 days a year with the #1 Guide to Athens.
- Gain MAXIMUM EXPOSURE with a 'Dedicated Business Profile'
Directions to The Parthenon
The Parthenon, or 'The Temple to the Virgin', was dedicated to Athena Parthenos, the maiden Goddess considered to be the city patron. Built between 447 BC and 438 BC, this temple replaced the very first Parthenon (Parthenon I) of 570 BC. It was designed by architects Iktinos and Kallikrates, while the sculptor Pheidias supervised the entire building program and conceived the temple's sculptural decoration and statue of Athena.
The Parthenon remained unchanged until the fifth century AD, when it was converted into a church. In 1460, under Turkish rule, it became a mosque, and in 1687, during the siege of the Acropolis by Morozini, it was bombarded and largely destroyed. Conservation and restoration of the Parthenon took place in 1896-1900 and again in 1922-1933. A vast conservation and restoration programme of the monuments of the Acropolis, including the Parthenon, is also currently under way since 1975 by the Service of Restoration of the Monuments of the Acropolis.
Summer Period (April - October): 8am - 8pm
Winter Period (November - March): 8:30am - 3pm
Full: €12, Reduced: €6
Free Admission Days
6th March, in memory of Melina Mercouri
18th April, International Monuments Day
18th May, International Museums Day
5th June, International Environment Day
The last weekend of September annually, European Heritage Days
Sundays in the period between 1st November and 31st March
The first Sunday of every month, except for July, August and September
27th September, International Tourism Day
You may also like
Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry MuseumAcropolis, Athens
Opening to the public as a non-profit organisation in 1993, the Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum is a unique museum dedicated to decorative art and the art of jewellery. Th
The Sanctuary of DelphiDelphi, Athens
At the foot of Mount Parnassos, within the angle formed by the twin rocks of the Phaedriades, lies the Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, which had the most famous oracle
Museum HerakleidonThisseio, Athens
The Herakleidon museum is situated right in the centre of Athens, in the shadow of the globally recognised Acropolis.............
War MuseumKolonaki, Athens
In 1964, the Hellenic State decided to found the War Museum, wishing to honor all those who fought for the country and its freedom.............
Municipal Gallery of AthensMetaxourgio, Athens
The Athens Municipal Gallery is one of the biggest and most popular art museums in the whole of Greece that links private and publicly owned art collections.............
Hadrian's LibraryPlaka, Athens
Hadrian's library was built in AD 132 by emperor Hadrian on the north side of the Acropolis, immediately north of the Roman Agora.............
Byzantine and Christian MuseumSyntagma-Square, Athens
The Byzantine and Christian Museum, located in the centre of Athens, is one of the most important national museums in Greece established in 1914.............
The Ancient Agora of AthensMonastiraki, Athens
The Agora is one of the most interesting archaeological sites in Greece. This is where Socrates addressed his public, where democracy was born and where St Paul preached.
Hellenic CosmosTavros, Athens
This ultra-modern cultural centre aims to educate about the Hellenism movement and the history and culture associated with this period.............
National LibraryPanepistimiou, Athens
The National Library sits as part of the 'neoclassical trilogy' within the city of Athens, an important collection of downtown educational buildings. Built between 1887 a