Temple of Athena Nike

Temple of Athena Nike, Athens

Temple of Athena Nike
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The earliest Ionic building on the Acropolis, this small temple of the goddess of victory depicts assemblies of the gods and Greek battles against the Barbarians and the Boeotians.
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  • Akropoli • 1 min walk
  • Monastiraki • 7 min walk
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Brianngog
Cyprus6,923 contributions
Couples
When on the Acropolis Site you see many of the wonderful Athens Historical Constructions and the Temple of Athena Nike is certainly one of them. How they managed to place the statues in situ and the effect that created is simply stunning. Another great piece of Greek History sympathetically restored on a continuing basis. We are so fortunate to be able to witness such beauty.
Written August 1, 2022
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Sarah b
Lytham St Anne's, UK1,528 contributions
Couples
One of the temples in the Acropolis complex that has been completely restored. Currently can't get too close as it is quite small and covid processes do not allow. Best viewed from the entrance step or from Odeon of Herodias. An important part of Acropolis and every thing falls into place if you also visit the Acropolis museum.
Written October 24, 2020
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia14,133 contributions
The Temple of Athena Nike was built in honor of the Greek victory over the Persians in 5c BC - Nika is the Greek Goddess of Victory.
The Temple appears slightly to the left, just after passing the Propylea entrance, and is opposite the main Parthenon Temple. It is in a very good condition considering its age, and just went a recent renovation.
The 6 maiden statues-pillars, the Caryathides, became a role model for buildings in centuries to come.
Written September 23, 2021
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Maaike
Leeuwarden, The Netherlands20 contributions
The view and buildings are impressive. What I personally missed was the storytelling in the information that was provided. Many of the signs were (too) literally translated from Greek, which didn't make them really pleasurable to read. There were some guided tours, but they weren't advertised at the ticket office.

When I visited there was no waiting line, so at least around this time of year it's not necessary to buy a skip the line ticket or anything like that.

Tip: buy the combination ticket (€30) which allows acces to various archeological sites. When you're under 25 the ticket is free.
Written October 9, 2021
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Luis-in-Arizona
Gilbert, AZ598 contributions
This is a small temple located next to Propylaea at the entrance, on the way up to the Acropolis. Be sure to observe on the right this temple dedicated to Athenea Nike. This impressive temple was designed by Callicrates, one of the architects of the Pathenon, and is very important because it was built in commemoration of the turning-point victory of the Greeks over the Persians at the battle of Plataea. The Greeks and Persians clashed on numerous occasions and in commemoration of their victory, the proud Athenians built this temple paying homage to their patron goddess Athena.

It consists of four Doric columns and has the statue of the winged goddess of Athena Nike. Even if you are not an art lover, it is worth visiting it. It is impressive to walk through those ruins, which saw so many events and people important to our history go by. Being in the cradle of civilization moved me the most.
It is simply spectacular, for its history, grandeur, and for all of us who have Greek culture as our benchmark, it is an emotion difficult to describe.

In Greek mythology, Nike is the Winged Goddess of Victory, that is, this is the temple of victory. The brand of sports articles is called "Nike" because it means Victory. The logo is derived from goddess' wing,'swoosh', which symbolizes the sound of speed, movement, power and motivation.
Written July 12, 2020
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permia
Ireland37,803 contributions
This gorgeous little temple on high on a precipitous was built in the 420s BCE to celebrate Athenian victories over the Persians.

Wonderfully placed alongside the majestic Propylaia it made for an inspiring vista as we ascended the entrance steps.

Demolished during the Ottoman occupation years it was reconstructed during the 1830s.

Again close to disintegration in the mid-1930s it was disassembled and rebuilt. Giving the glorious sight we are fortunate to gaze in wonder at today.
Written May 21, 2020
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SoCalOregonian
Murrieta, CA9,812 contributions
This temple sits at the extreme southwest corner of the Acropolis next to the Propylaia and dates from 420BC. What can be seen from the viewpoint on the Acropolis is the front façade, facing east, the 4 Ionic columns and the architrave, the frieze and the cornice (which is heavily restored). There is also a view of the interior of the temple building that is rather small and has no windows. Around the temple was a parapet, the sculptures of which can be seen at the Museum. On the western side of the temple, there are also 4 columns and porch, but no entryway.
Written January 5, 2020
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steven r
Beja, Portugal19 contributions
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Can only see from a far as no close access to the Temple. Very nice temple. Telephoto lens helpful here as can’t capture detail of temple with phone camera. Recommend one reads the sign posted around the area to get an idea of what one is viewing.
Written February 9, 2020
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Vanessa Sueroz
Munich, Germany91 contributions
The temple has undergone a recent renovation and is well maintained and we can see a lot of it. He is small compared to the others around, but I found it beautiful. Even a ticket to visit Acropolis is worth it.
Written October 15, 2020
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Phil R
Kansas City, MO528 contributions
Couples
This is part of the Acropolis complex, that is really all you need to say about this. You pass through this temple to get to the top where the Acropolis complex is. Just some pointers. WEAR GOOD SHOES! It's a bit of a walk uphill over uneven paths. Buy your passes online before you go. There's no "skip the line " tickets. What you're doing is buying online to avoid the monstrous lines at the ticket counters at the entrance. Do this or waste a minimum of 30 minutes on line to buy tickets. Take water. There are water fountains with safe drinking water at the top
Written September 21, 2021
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