Piraeus is the port city adjacent to Athens from which hundreds of cruise and commercial and cargo ships arrive and depart weekly. It was the location for many of the Olympic Games 2004. A new subway was built for the Games and is now used by thousands of passengers a day between Athens and Piraeus.

The ancient Parthenon  atop the Acropolis hill is one of the most famous buildings in the world. It was dedicated to the goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their patron. Construction began in 447 BC when the Athenian Empire was at the peak of its power. The building is always undergoing restoration.



 

Greece: Athens: Acropolis Museum; tourists observing sculpture
Greece: Athens: Acropolis Museum; reproduction Parthenon statuary
Greece: Athens: photo of Parthenon without scaffolding (which stays up for years)
Greece: Athens: Acropolis Museum exterior
Greece: Athens: Acropolis Museum; reproduction Parthenon statuary
Greece: Athens: Acropolis Museum; reproduction Caryatid statuary; Caryatid is the name given to an architectural column which takes the form of a standing female figure
Greece: Athens: Acropolis Museum; reproduction Caryatid statuary; Caryatid is the name given to an architectural column which takes the form of a standing female figure
Greece: Athens: Acropolis Museum; original kouros marble statue; a kouros is the modern term given to free-standing ancient Greek sculptures which first appear in the Archaic period in Greece and represent nude male youths; in Ancient Greek kouros means "youth, boy, especially of noble rank"
Greece: Athens: Acropolis Museum guidebook
Greece: Athens: Greek Orthodox priest
Greece: Piraeus Olympic stadium; it was the site for many Olympic events in 2004; the first Olympics is traditionally dated to 776 BC
Greece: Piraeus port; almost every subway car is cover with graffiti
Greece: Piraeus port; on the waterfront are countless vendors
Greece: Piraeus port; on the waterfront are countless vendors
Greece: Piraeus city center: city theatre
Greece: Piraeus city center: city theatre: poster for 'Hamlet'
Greece: Piraeus port; central city bus stop
Greece: Piraeus port; upscale shops in city center
Greece: Piraeus port; bookstore window
Greece: Piraeus port; carpenter's shop
Greece: Piraeus port; side street with hotels and restaurants
Greece: Piraeus port; side street with residential apartments
Greece: Piraeus port; tattered Greek flag
Greece: Piraeus port; map of port
Greece: Piraeus port; huge cruise ships arrive and depart daily
Greece: Piraeus port; buildings on waterfront
Greece: Piraeus port; ship repairs are ongoing daily
Greece: Piraeus port; huge ferry boats depart every hour or so
Greece: Piraeus port; huge cruise ships arrive and depart daily
Greece: Piraeus city center: poster for ancient Greek play 'The Birds' by Aristophanes
Greece: Piraeus port; Blue Star Ferries are one of several companies with daily schedules to the islands
Greece: Piraeus port; subway station to Athens
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Greece: Acropolis subway station is highly decorated with ancient Greek statuary
Greece: Athens; emerging from the subway the Parthenon is immediately in view on the Acropolis hill; the signboard describes it
Greece: Acropolis subway station is highly decorated with ancient Greek statuary (reproduced)
Greece: subway from Piraeus to Athens is less than 30 minutes; this is the Akropolis station
Greece: Athens subway system was modernized for the 2004 Olympics
Greece: the Acropolis subway station highly decorated with ancient statuary (reproduced)
Greece: Athens; emerging from the subway the Parthenon is immediately in view on the Acropolis hill; the new Museum is adjacent
Greece: Athens; the Parthenon is on the Acropolis hill; it is always under restoration
Greece: Athens; adjacent to the Parthenon is the stunning new Acropolis Museum
Greece: Athens; the Parthenon is on the Acropolis hill; it is always under restoration
Greece: Athens. Richard and Michael at the Parthenon
Greece: Athens; near the Acropolis are various small ancient remnants; this is the Sanctuary of Pan
Greece: Athens; near the Acropolis are various small ancient remnants; this is the Sanctuary of Pan
Greece: Athens; near the Acropolis are various small ancient remnants as well as modern day churches
Greece: Athens; Acropolis area cafes
Greece: Athens; tourists departing with heavy luggage
Greece: Athens; upscale residences near Acropolis
Greece: Athens; spaghetti at cafe near Acropolis
Greece: Athens; graffiti
Greece: Athens; graffiti
Greece: Athens subway system was modernized for the 2004 Olympics
Greece: Athens subway system was modernized for the 2004 Olympics
Greece: Piraeus Olympic stadium; it was the site for many Olympic events in 2004; the first Olympics is traditionally dated to 776 BC
Greece: Piraeus port; soldiers arriving via subway
Greece: Piraeus port; on the waterfront are countless vendors
Greece: Athens: Acropolis Museum entry built over ancient ruins
Greece: Athens: Acropolis Museum main hall
Greece: Athens: Acropolis Museum; Greek horse statue