Visitors wait in long queues to visit the Acropolis on World Heritage Day

Visitors wait in long queues to visit the Acropolis on World Heritage Day

Visitors wait in long queues to visit the Acropolis on World Heritage Day

Hundreds of citizens flocked to the Acropolis on Sunday for World Heritage Day.

On this day (April 18), all sites, monuments and public museums in Greece are free to visit.

Unfortunately due to the covid-19 pandemic, museums remained closed.

Visitors wait in long queues to visit the Acropolis on World Heritage Day

  • The term “Acropolis” comes from the Greek words “akron” (which means the “highest point or extremity” and “polis” (which means “city”). Acropolis can be taken to mean “High City”, “City on the Extremity”, or “City on the Air”.
  • The Parthenon is often called “the world’s most perfect building.” Architectural tricks like a slight angling of the temple pedestal correct the optical impression that the building sags in the middle, and barrel-like curves on the columns counteract the illusion that they narrow in the middle. So in a way, one might say the Parthenon’s perfection is only achieved through a series of deliberate imperfections.
  • The Greek flag flying on the Acropolis has special historic significance. In 1941, two young men pulled down the swastika flag flying there during the Nazi occupation, leaving it empty. Incredibly, they’d reached the Acropolis using ancient passages they’d learned about in Greek history books. It was a powerful act of defiance that set the tone for the fierce Greek Resistance movement. Today, you can see the Greek Presidential Guard, the Evzones, perform a flag-raising and flag-lowering at dawn and dusk on Sundays.
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