Thursday, June 24, 2010

Greece Pictures: Part 2

During our second day in Greece, we first took a quick tour around some of the sites in Athens, then headed up to the Acropolis to see the Parthenon! (Sorry if some of the pictures are blurry - we were on a moving bus. And once again, you can click on any of these to enlarge them.)

A Tomb of the Unknown Soldier:

The Temple of Olympian Zeus (sorry for the bad quality!):

This is the Panathenaic stadium for the first modern Olympics, which took place in Athens in 1896:

More pretty architecture on our way to the Parthenon:

Climbing up to the Acropolis, we saw tons of olive trees. This picture reminds me of Megan Whalen Turner's The Queen's Thief series:

The view of Athens at the top of the Acropolis = amazing:

At the Acropolis - the Temple of Athena Nike:

The PARTHENON!!!! (Which, by the way, is a temple to Athena.) I was super excited to see this after studying it so extensively at school:

The back of the Parthenon:

Beside the Parthenon is the Erechtheion (a temple dedicated to Poseidon, I believe). It rests on many sacred sites, so its structure is a bit irregular:

I think these were stadiums or theatres... either way, they were right below the Acropolis:

The view at the bottom of the Acropolis:

The Acropolis Museum, which contains tons of sculptures, reliefs, and more from the Acropolis:

The museum also had these cool archaeological excavation models:

And finally, lunch! :) Greece has lots of yummy bread.

Sorry for putting up so many pictures - I didn't realize how many I'd been uploading. Hopefully I haven't bored you! I promise the next post will be very very short. (This post took me around 2 hours!)


Nonie said...

Eek! The Parthenon! The pictures are amazing. I would LOVE to head over to Greece one day. Sounds fantastic. :D

Lorie Ann Grover said...

These are amazing, Priya! Thanks for sharing them ALL! I love the temple with the women as columns, don't you?

Bookworm said...

Jealous. :)

Holly said...

that first shot at the stadium is wonderful, with that wide angle and the clouds like that.

Holly said...

and I showed these to my mom, 'cause she lived in Athens for a bit when she was in college. :)