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  • Address: Akropolis, Athens, Greece 105 58
  • Admission: €12

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Erechtheion Tours

Perched on its craggy escarpment overlooking the heart of Athens, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Acropolis (its name means ‘high city’ in ancient Greek) is the most famous classical site in the world. The colonnaded Parthenon may be first stop for most visitors, but the marble remains of the Erechtheion stood at the very soul of the Acropolis, marking the spot where the mythical ancient Greek gods Poseidon and Athena fought for ownership of the fledgling city. Named after the legendary King Erechtheus, the temple was built on the north side of the Acropolis hill between 420 and 406 BC, to a design by Athens’ great statesman, Pericles. It was a relatively late addition to the complex of temples and theaters, replacing an older temple as the center of religious ritual at the Acropolis. 

Built on a slope and fronted by six Ionic columns – still almost complete after 2,500 years – the Erechtheion is best known for its ornate Porch of the Caryatids (also called the Port of the Maidens), supported by marble statues of six virgins draped in cloaks. These days the statues are copies, but five of the originals (one has lost her head) can be viewed in the awesome New Acropolis Museum adjacent to the ruins.

Practical Info

The Acropolis is open in summer Mon 11am–7.30pm; Tue–Sun 8am–7.30pm; winter daily 8.30am–3pm. Admission €12, concessions €6. Walk up to the Acropolis from Plaka or follow the pedestrianized boulevards of Apostolou Pavlou and Dionissiou Areopagitou. Parts of the Acropolis are under restoration and have been covered by scaffolding for what seems like decades.

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Private Tour: Half day Athens Sightseeing and Acropolis Museum, Athens, null
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Private Tour: Half day Athens Sightseeing and Acropolis Museum

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Take a private tour of the ancient city of Athens with a personal guide. You will visit the Acropolis, icon of Athens perched on its plateau, and walk to ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.94
Private Tour: Highlights of Athens with Acropolis of Athens and Lunch, Athens, Private Sightseeing ... 
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Private Tour: Highlights of Athens with Acropolis of Athens and Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Explore Athens with a private guide on a 6 hour tour and discover the UNESCO listed Acropolis of Athens, Temple of Zeus, Panathenian Stadium and more! After ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $263.21
The Acropolis, Ancient Agora and Attalos Museum Small Group Walking Tour, Athens, Ancient Rome Tours
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The Acropolis, Ancient Agora and Attalos Museum Small Group Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 31 Reviews

The perfect combination tour for history buffs, including a visit to the Acropolis and all its famous monuments, as well as to the fascinating Ancient Agora ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 3 hours 27 minutes (approx.)

From USD $61.71
Athens Private Full-Day Tour, Athens, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Athens Private Full-Day Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

This 8-hour tour covers all the must-see attractions when in Athens. It includes the Acropolis, the Acropolis Museum, the Archaeological Museum, Temple of ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $604.50
Acropolis, Athens City Tour, The Ancient Agora and Attalos Museum, Athens, City Tours
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Acropolis, Athens City Tour, The Ancient Agora and Attalos Museum

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

The perfect combination tour including an Athens City tour, a visit to the Acropolis & all its famous monuments, as well as to the fascinating Ancient ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.52
Athens Private Small Group Full Day, Athens, Cultural Tours
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Athens Private Small Group Full Day

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Explore 4,000 years of Greek civilization on this private 8-hour small-group tour of Athens. Visit top Athens attractions including the Odeon of Herodes ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $44.08
Athens Private Walking Tour: Acropolis, Plaka and Food Tastings, Athens, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Athens Private Walking Tour: Acropolis, Plaka and Food Tastings

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Enjoy a  tour of Acropolis monuments. Your licensed tour guide will meet you in central location and you will start tour the landmark of Greek capital. After ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.56
Private Tour: Athens City Highlights Including the Acropolis of Athens, Athens, Walking Tours
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Private Tour: Athens City Highlights Including the Acropolis of Athens

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 44 Reviews

Explore Athens with a private guide on a 4-hour tour, and discover the UNESCO-listed Acropolis of Athens, Temple of Zeus, Panathenian Stadium and more! After ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.94
Athens Super Saver: Athens Sightseeing Tour plus Delphi Day Trip, Athens, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Athens Super Saver: Athens Sightseeing Tour plus Delphi Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 37 Reviews

With this Athens Super Saver, combine two best-selling tours for a two-day immersion in Athens and Delphi. See top sights on a half-day tour of Athens, from ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $208.55
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Athens Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour and Half-Day Cape Sounion Trip plus Delphi Day Trip, ... 
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Athens Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour and Half-Day Cape Sounion Trip plus Delphi Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 39 Reviews

With this Athens Super Saver, combine three best-selling tours for a two-day immersion in Athens, Cape Sounion and Delphi. Perfect for those who already have ...  Read more

Location: Athens, Greece
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

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