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The Acropolis is probably the most important ancient Greek monument. This 2,500-year-old ruin city dominates Athens from the top of Acropolis Hill. And although the Parthenon Temple with its landmark columns is the most famous monument on the hill, it is only one of the many treasures the Acropolis has to offer. After years of restorations, the palaces, columns and sculptures once again reflect the city’s splendour, power and wealth.
The Acropolis is much more than a world-famous monument. It once was a city composed of many buildings but over the centuries it suffered greatly, both at the hands of its enemies and of archaeologists. The Byzantines transformed the temples into churches, the Turkish governor used the Erechtheion sanctuary to house his harem, and 200 years ago the British bought up large quantities of marble sculptures. Fortunately, many structures have since then been restored. Take a stroll through this amazing birthplace of Western civilization.