Acropolis layout and structure

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Acropolis Layout and Structure


          What's an ACROPOLIS?- an acropolis is a hill, usually picked to host the central or main building of a city.  The ATHENIAN ACROPOLIS held the famous Parthenon, which was a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena, who protected and took care of the city of Athens. All of the city-states were very independent of each other, and were very attached to and proud of their own city-state.   





A picture of the acropolis and all of the buildings that it holds.]


General Acropoli



The Greek Acropolis



Side view of Parthenon and Athenian Acropolis.




Side view of Parthenon and Athenian Acropolis.]



The modern veiw of the Athenian Acropolis layout today]

A Walk-through

  1. The road leading up to the propylae of the Acropolis was surrounded by many shrines to smaller gods and goddesses including the minor god Pan.
  2. Approaching the propylae, the Athena Nike Temple is to the right.
  3. As one walks through the propylae, they will see the Bravronion Temple, also to the right.
  4. The Chalkotheke is seen on the right, just uphill from the Bravronion, which housed the treasury. 
  5. Above the Chalkotheke is the Parthenon, which is the grandest building in the area.
  6. To return from the Parthenon to the propylae, one will pass the Statue of Athena Promachos which was so large, it could be seen from 5 kilometers out at sea.
  7. The Erechtheus was further down the hill and was built before Athens fell to the Spartans. It combines three old shrines into one large building. It is believed that this was the location of the battle between Athena and Poseidon for possession of the city.
  8. The Pandroseion was a shrine dedicated to Zeus, but was named after Pandrosis who was the daughter of an Athenian king named Kekrops.                                                                                                                                                   
  9. Off to the right a ways, lies the Old Temple of Athena, which was later destroyed by the Persians.                  




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