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Weekly Photo Challenge: Endurance

In it’s 2500 year history, the stones and ruins of the Acropolis have endured sacking by the Persians, a Venetian invasion, the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, countless earthquakes, the Black Death, 2 World Wars, the Industrial Revolution, urbanization, the 2008 collapse of the global economy, and much, much more.

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I first visited the Acropolis in the summer of 1998, and remember not the ruins (which were much smaller and less imposing than I’d imagined them to be), but the insane crowds and frenetic whistle blowing of the site’s security. Their shrill attempts to manage the mob thwarting what should’ve been a mindful encounter with one of the world’s ancient spectacles.

Fortunately, our visit in the winter of 2010 was quite different, with few tourists around and no agitated guards in sight.

At last, my encounter with the Acropolis was quiet, peaceful and appropriately respectful.

Have you been to Athens and the Acropolis? What were your impressions?

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  1. I really want to visit Athenes soon. The Acropolis must be an amazing place. Thanks for the photos πŸ™‚

    September 20, 2014
    • Honestly, I would get out of Athens as quickly as possible, and head straight to the islands…that’s where the real beauty is! πŸ™‚

      September 21, 2014
      • Yeah I know, I’ve been to Crete lately and it was a real beauty in terms of nature. I think the same goes for Santorin and all other islands πŸ™‚

        September 21, 2014
        • Have never been to Crete, but everyone says it’s one of their favourites in Greece. Santorini is stunning, but a bit too touristy for my taste. Still has to be visited though… πŸ˜‰

          September 22, 2014
          • Same goes for Creete, it’s full of ressorts and does leak the “traditional” character. That’s kind of sad 😦

            September 22, 2014
  2. Amazing that this has endured for so long.

    September 20, 2014
  3. Great shots =)

    September 21, 2014
  4. I was there in the 70’s and remember how awesome it was to stand there where so many had stood before. I’ve always loved Greek history so it was a special moment. Delphi was much the same.

    janet

    September 24, 2014
    • Wow! I can’t imagine what it must’ve been like in the 70s! The world has changed so much since then…

      September 24, 2014
  5. Winter is a wonderful time to visit the world’s great attractions, don’t you think? SO much more space to stop and think and take it all in. x

    October 6, 2014
    • Especially in these mediterranean climates… weather is tolerable, even pleasant, and with the lack of tourists, you can actually appreciate these places, instead of just being herded around like cattle! πŸ™‚

      October 7, 2014

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