The Acropolis is one of the most known historic monuments of Athens. Most of the major temples were rebuilt under the leadership of Pericles (Golden Age of Athens, 460–430 BC). During the 5th century BC, Acropolis of Athens gained its final shape. During the Hellenistic and Roman periods, many of the existing buildings in the area of the Acropolis were repaired, and monuments to foreign kings were erected (Attalos II and Eumens II of Pergamos. In the Byzantine period, the Parthenon was turned into a church, dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
After the Turkish (Ottoman) conquest, the Parthenon was used as the headquarters of the Turkish army. The buildings of the Acropolis suffered significant damage during the 1687 siege by the Venetians. The Parthenon, which was being used as a gunpowder magazine, was hit by artillery fire and damaged.
The Acropolis of Athens is an UNESCO World Heritage site.
Greek name: Ακρόπολη Αθηνών
The photos are taken in July, 2008.