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Our ship docked at the Port of Piraeus, from where we took the subway into the centre of Athens. We climbed the Acropolis Rock towering high above Athens before the heat of day and the onset of tour buses.


 


 

Piraeus is the third largest Mediterranean Port which underwent a huge makeover for the 2004 Olympics.
 

Athens lies in layers, with modern urban sprawl overtop of ancient ruins, and the Acropolis Rock rising above.
 


 


 

Atop the Acropolis, the Parthenon is the epitome of Classical Greek architecture.
 

The Propylaia is the grand entrance through which visitors pass to reach the summit temples.
 

 

 

The Dionysus Theatre, seating 15000, was the site of classical Greek drams by playwrights such as Sophocles and Euripides.
 

In the Forum, the Tower of the Winds depicted personifications of the four winds. Inside a water clock was operated by a stream from the Acropolis.
 


 


 

The Agora was Athen's ancient marketplace and the centre of civic activities. Ruins of plinths and fountains remain, as well as the Temple of Hephaestus.
 

The restored Stoa of Attolos is now a museum displaying finds from the Agora.

 


 


 

Archeological excavation sites including Hadrian's library and arch, the Keramikos Cemetery and the Philopappus, are scattered throughout Athens.

During the Ottoman occupation, the Turks built the Fetiye Mosque over the ruins of an Early Christian church.

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