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Acropolis of Athens

  1. The Acropolis is a huge
    hill, with a flat top.

  2. It is 80 feet high and 50
    feet wide.

  3. The Acropolis' construction
    started in 447 BC and ended in 438 BC.

  4. The Acropolis, also called
    "the sacred rock", was built for defensive reasons.

  5. It was during the war time
    that the Greek used The Acropolis to get a better view of the
    positions of the enemies.

  6. The Greek built many
    temples on The Acropolis, such as the famous Parthenon that
    was the temple of the Greek Goddess Athena.

  7. During the Classical Period
    the Parthenon, the Erechtheion, and the Temple of Nike were
    built over the old ruins on The Acropolis.

  8. The monuments on The
    Acropolis reflect the successive phases in the cities history.

  9. The first excavations on
    The Acropolis were conducted between 1835 and 1837. More work
    was carried out by Panagiotis Kavvadias in 1885-1890.

  10. The first habitation
    remains on The Acropolis date back to the Neolithic period.

  11. Over the years, The
    Acropolis has suffered severely from pollution and from
    well-intentioned, but badly executed attempts at repair.

  12. In 1975, the Greek
    government began a major restoration project on The Acropolis,
    which was only about 40% complete by the mid-1990s.

  13. In 2007, a number of works
    on The Acropolis were moved to the New Acropolis Museum, which
    lies at the foot of the hill.

  14. The Acropolis is a great
    place to get an understanding of the layout of the city.

  15. The Acropolis was also
    known as Cecropia, after the legendary serpent-man, Kekrops or
    Cecrops, the first Athenian king.

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