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- The Propylaia
- Alt Name:
- The Propylaea
- Ancient Greece
- 500BC - 401BC
- The Acropolis, The Beule Gate,
The Parthenon, The Acropolis Museum,
about The Propylaia
The Propylaia (also spelt Propylaea) was the grand entranceway to the Acropolis. Begun in approximately 437BC under the supervision of the architect Mnesikles, works on the Propylaia continued until 432BC, but were never completed.
Nevertheless, even in its unfinished state, the Propylaia is considered to be of great architectural importance and beauty. It would have been a grand structure, with many external Doric and internal Ionic columns, all built in Pentelic marble.
The Propylaia was fairly well preserved until the seventeenth century, when it was devastated by an explosion. Today, its ruins form a dramatic sight within the Acropolis complex.
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Address: The Propylaia, Acropolis, Athens
Phone: 210 9238175, 210 9238724
Open 8am-8pm in summer, 8am-6pm in winter (sometimes earlier). Closed 25-26 Dec, 1 Jan, 25 March, 1 May. Full €12, Reduced €6. Valid (for 48hrs) for Acropolis Museum, Acropolis of Athens, Ancient Agora of Athens, Archaeological Museum of Kerameikos, Kerameikos, Museum of the Ancient Agora, North slope of Acropolis, Olympieio, Roman Agora of Athens, South Slope of Acropolis.
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