Why is the Acropolis of Athens a famous place to visit?

          Athens is a historical city and the capital of Greece that is marked for its artistic and Intellectual heritage. There are many sights in and around the city that can leave a visitor spellbound. One of them is the Acropolis.

          It is an ancient citadel or fortress that is located on a rock formation above Athens. History records that the site was built during the second half of the 5th century BC as a home to Athena, the patron goddess of the city.

          It is special, for the archaeological remains of several marvellous buildings that once stood here. Some of the most important ones are the Parthenon, the chief shrine to Athena, the Propylaea which was the gateway to the sacred area, the Erechtheum, which was a shrine to the agricultural deities and the Temple of Athena Nike, an architectural symbol of harmony.

          The term ‘Acropolis’ comes from the Greek word meaning ‘the highest point’. It is to be noted that there are many acropolis in Greece, but the most significant one is the Athenian.

          Today, only remains of the fortress can be seen at the location. A considerable portion of the buildings have been destroyed over centuries.