May Kwento Ako #42 : The Climb up to the Acropolis Hill of Athens

Near the Entrance Gate on the South East Wing
Just past a few of the several millennia-old ruins below the hill …
Almost on top of the Acropolis Hill but not quite up there, yet.
And more steps like these.
Till one reaches the apex.
The lucky neighbourhood just below. The visuals in the evening are as astounding.

The Acropolis Hill is worth the trip to Athens and the climb. After all, it is dated 4 millenia before Christ’s death (BCD). And large enough to host many historical landmarks, most of which are in great shape considering the thousands of years that have passed but many are “under renovation”.

This hill is not very high. It is lower than I thought it would be, honestly. But one has to be reasonably fit to make this climb. I saw a signage below as I was about to exit that there was a lift to get up hill for the handicap but was not able to pursue this.

The hill’s gates open at 8AM and I entered at 8:10AM as I recall as the place I was staying in was a 2 minute walk away. It was a bit chilly at that time. Saw less than a dozen people as I hurriedly took my photos and appreciated the place trying to imagine what stories lay within its midst. Maybe 100 people at the top of hill then. But in half an hour, the number of people grew exponentially.

By the time I got to the top, it was close to 9AM as I took my time appreciating the vista and the ruins. Trying to familiarise myself with the type of soil, the boulders, the ruins.

The blogs I read preparing for the trip gave good tips:

1) Be at the gate by 8AM.

2) Stay near the new Acropolis Museum.

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