Acropolises, which consisted of the words ‘acro’, meaning high, and ‘police’, meaning city, were the most central points of urbanization in ancient times.
They were built at the highest points of the cities for defense and shelter. The Acropolis of Athens is one of the most important acropolises that have survived to the present day through many restorations.
One of the symbols of Athens, the Acropolis is a large building on top of a rocky outcrop. The building, which is very important in terms of architecture and history, is home to many ancient ruins. Built in the second half of the 5th century B.C., the Acropolis is located 152 meters above the sea level.
Important both in military and religious terms
Everything within the Acropolis of Athens, regarded as the home of Athena, considered the patron goddess of the city, was as important in military terms as it was in religious terms. Because the structure was a shelter in times of war. Apart from being a shelter, the fact that it was located at a point dominating the whole city made the structure important for defense. In addition, the treasury belonging to the city was kept here, so that the structure fulfilled a political mission.
A popular stop for the explorers who enjoy especially historic structures, the Acropolis of Athens is in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. The building is still well preserved today and welcomes visitors who are curious about the antique age.