Athens – Day 2

Filoppapou Monument

Apologises to my blog for not posting about my various activities whilst in Athens for the rest of last week. I merely find the Andriod App very hard to use; it is always much better to navigate these things on a laptop ūüôā

Well…..

Day 2; we visited not two but four (technically five) archaeological sites in Athens… we even had the pleasure to meet a tortoise on our travels!
We first of all ambled over to the rather stout hill Filoppapou which is situated just across the road from the Acropolis and is, according to the guide books, a treasure that is often left unexplored by tourists. 
There are tons of things to look at on the way up including Socrates (apparent) prison and a rather pointy monument at the top which is dedicated to Gaius Julius Antiochus Epiphanes Philopappos. This hill is marvellous if you wish to see the Acropolis from a level angle and gives great views over Athens and towards the port of Pireas on the coast.
Down the other slope is the Theatre Doras Stratou, the observatory and some well signed ruins of an ancient public meeting place. 

Socrates prison

After spending the morning walking around we ambled back central for lunch then explored the Ancient Greek Agora (Greek Forum) which really was a real treasure hot spot. It has both a temple that is fully intact and a tiny church which has been renovated and contains beautiful wall paintings! Well worth a look.
Next on our list was a visit to the Roman Forum which was mostly in ruins with the exception of the clock tower and another building which were both unfortunately covered up for repair. My compainion wanted to visit to compare it to the one in Rome!
We then tottered through Plaka to find the very well disguised tourist information centre (no sign out the front to say what it is) to plan out a trip to the Ancient city of Korintha. As we were nearby we paid a visit to the Temple of Zeus which captured our attention from the day before as it in direct view of the Acropolis and stands out because of it’s artfully fallen column. To get to the entrance one has to pass past Hadrians gate which is yet another important monument from Roman times.¬†
Every street in Athens seems to have at least one¬†archaeological¬†site or monument which is great; there is no escaping Greece’s¬†phenomenal¬†past and their history of greatness!

Ancient Greek Agora

Loved it ūüôā will come again, Becksy xxx

Ancient Greek Agora

Roman Agora

Temple of the Olympian Zeus
Temple of the Olympian Zeus from the Acropolis

Hadrian’s Gate

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