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Temple of Athena Nike

1,238 Reviews

Temple of Athena Nike

1,238 Reviews
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Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Small-Group Tour from Athens
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Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Small-Group Tour from Athens

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Unless you hire a car, visiting Cape Sounion from Athens independently means a relatively long bus journey, with multiple stops. This half-day, small-group tour provides an easy alternative, with air-conditioned minivan travel, guided commentary on the cape’s Temple of Poseidon, and ample time to admire the ruins and Aegean views. A choice of departures allows for a sunset visit, plus there’s a beach break en route as a bonus.
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Ginges_revenge wrote a review Nov 2020
Brisbane, Australia1,949 contributions192 helpful votes
The temple that inspired a sports company, the swoosh and being associated with victory. Even so, it was closed due with the Acropolis as part of Athens' March 2020 Covid 19 restrictions. It is an important part of the complex and a must see when in Athens, apart from not being able to see it as we couldn't get in. However, when its open, go and see it. I will be going back when its open to have a look at it. Still looks good from the outside of the fence.
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Date of experience: March 2020
Sarah b wrote a review Oct 2020
Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom1,343 contributions337 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Vanessa Sueroz wrote a review Oct 2020
Munich, Germany91 contributions7 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: September 2020
Luis-in-Arizona wrote a review Jul 2020
Gilbert, Arizona599 contributions105 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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permia wrote a review May 2020
Ireland36,537 contributions1,604 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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