Greece

The Acropolis of Athens

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There are many acropolis out there. But there is one particular acropolis that truly stands out. It’s the mother of all acropolis.

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It is proud. It has stood the test of time, sheltering the humankind and housing some of the most celebrated Greek deities. It has gone through against the wrath of weather or nature, and even against the mankind.

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Imposing, majestic, poised under pressure, and still elegant despite how beaten or chastised it looks.

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Acropolis means highest point of a city.

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The Acropolis of Athens looks after its people.

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It would argue that it’s not just a pile of scattered concrete. It is much more than a tourist attraction. It is veiled with so much history, artistic and architectural complexity, and symbolism.

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Founding Greek myth of the city has it that Poseidon and Athena rivaled, almost a war, over who would take control of this land and its people. Athena subtly suggested a more civilized approach, rendering a contest where each one offered a gift to the city.Β  The event took place right in the Acropolis.

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Poseidon flashed his three-pointed spears and struck it to which is now Erekhtheis, a sea he offered to the city. Athens only knelt down andΒ  buried something which grew into an olive tree. The people of the city loved the sea, but to their dismay, it was salty; hence, Athena was declared victorious and became the patron deity of the city.

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Last Call …

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The city is named after her, not the other way around.

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    • If you look closely, there are scaffolds and crane on the site. It is still undergoing a facelift. πŸ™‚ I actually have pictures of the scaffolds, but I decided not to spoil what I wrote.

  1. I knew the last photo was from the base of the Acropolis grounds when you shared it in a recent post. Glad to now have confirmation. I love the history and story of the challenge between Poseidon and Athena. And of course, magnificent captures, Rommel. It’s tough to take a bad photo in such a history rich city. Nicely done.

    • I got into, although very little, Greek mythology having lived in Greece for a year. It’s fascinating how they associate the concrete world with the mythological past.

    • Thanks! I often blog on how I (personally) did during my travels. But this time the subject is a lot more important and historic that I talked about the place specifically and not about myself.

    • I remembered your comment from another post about the houses looking like matchboxes. I think the ones here certainly apply. And yes, I had a fancy camera to thank for this one.

  2. There is so much of a history in the entire Europe, not just Greece! I loved your pictures and details – especially the war between them and how the city came to be named!

  3. Amazing photos, Rommel. So beautiful and so historical. Love the mythology! I suppose it hadn’t occurred to me that Athens would be so crowded but it makes perfect sense being that it is an island! Sometimes I just amaze myself. πŸ˜› Love your shots overlooking the city.

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