Seeing Athens from a Different Vantage Point

AthensAcropolis hill is well-known around the world as the home of the iconic Parthenon, a very unique architectural gem.  However, sitting on the Acropolis has one small downside:  you don’t get to see it whole. Enter, stage northeast, Lycabettus Hill. Located sort of north of Syntagama Square, its base is surrounded by a residential area that is quite nice. The hill can be ascended on foot or via funicular.

Athens, Greece, Lycabettus, Acropolis, Parthenon, vista, view, Canon EOS Rebel

Stairs going up Lycabettus Hill to the funicular base station

Athens, Greece, Lycabettus, Acropolis, Parthenon, vista, view, Canon EOS Rebel

Leaving the funicular station at the base

At the top of the hill, sits the Chapel of St. George.

Athens, Greece, Lycabettus, Acropolis, Parthenon, vista, view, Canon EOS Rebel

Chapel of St. George

And then the best views of Athens and its surroundings from anywhere in the city as Lycabettus is the highest hill in the city.  Well, don’t take my word, take a look for yourself!

Athens, Greece, Lycabettus, Acropolis, Parthenon, vista, view, Canon EOS Rebel

A sea of white as far as the eye can see in this direction!

Athens, Greece, Lycabettus, Acropolis, Parthenon, vista, view, Canon EOS Rebel

Olympic Stadium (from the 1896 Games, first of the modern times)

Athens, Greece, Lycabettus, Acropolis, Parthenon, vista, view, Canon EOS Rebel

The Acropolis and the sea beyond

Athens, Greece, Lycabettus, Acropolis, Parthenon, vista, view, Canon EOS Rebel

Closing in on the top of the Acropolis, you can appreciate the Parthenon and other structures

Athens, Greece, Lycabettus, Acropolis, Parthenon, vista, view, Canon EOS Rebel

Where my avatar photo comes from!

 

Comments

  1. Maravillosas vistas y espectacular Parthenon! .Yo senti mucha emocion cuando estuve alli en el 1998. Recorde cuando en la escuela nos daban las clases de Historia Sagrada y siempre sonaba con ir algun dia a pisar y ver en persona esos lugares de tanta historia antigua.

  2. thats not the Olympic stadium, its the Panathenaic stadium

  3. Without seeing the caption, I saw the last photo and said… oh I know that one! Athens seems like an amazing city, still on my list to visit from the first time!
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    • Yes, that’s the source of my avatar, thanks to a total stranger (I did pick him selectively as he had a fancier camera than me – how I always pick!)

  4. Athens looks so crowded and busy, it surprised me to see the ruins right in the middle of it! What a fantastic view from Lycabettus Hill, with the city, and ruins and the ocean. And what a great place for a portrait too. :)
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  5. WOW! Raul, this view is spectacular! I have to admit, I hate riding on funiculars, haha, after Cerro San Cristobal – just not for me! But, I would ride one for this view…wow.
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  6. Love that pic of you Raul!
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  7. jr schmitt says:

    Raul – Did Athens sink? Looking at the ancient structures that are up high and the surrounding city that’s lower – was it that obvious in person? And is all of Greece that white architecture? Thanks for the visuals! JR

  8. i never realized your profile pic is from athens, and now i feel dumb for never having noticed the parthenon in the back before!!

    athens gets a bad rap, and i can understand why in some cases, but i think it’s 100% worth a visit for the acropolis alone. i really wish i had know about lycabettus when we were there in 2008. a reason to return!
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  9. Photos so beautiful only Jeff Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High could find the right words as they are gnarly and righteous.
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  10. That was really amazing pics.. Where can I be there?

  11. I’ve still never made it to Greece, Raul. I love that I know know where your avatar was taken. It’s one of my favorite pictures of you.
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  12. i miss Greece and am ready to get back. crossing my fingers…
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  13. So THAT’s where your pic is from! :) Love the views from above and can’t wait to visit Athens one day.
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