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Acropolis, Athens

The Acropolis of Athens and its monuments are universal symbols of the classical spirit and civilization and form the greatest architectural and artistic complex bequeathed by Greek Antiquity to the world. In the second half of the fifth century bc, Athens, following the victory against the Persians and the establishment of democracy, took a leading position amongst the other city-states of the ancient world. In the age that followed, as thought and art flourished, an exceptional group of artists put into effect the ambitious plans of Athenian statesman Pericles and, under the inspired guidance of the sculptor Pheidias, transformed the rocky hill into a unique monument of thought and the arts. The most important monuments were built during that time: the Parthenon, built by Ictinus, the Erechtheon, the Propylaea, the monumental entrance to the Acropolis, designed by Mnesicles and the small temple Athena Nike. 

Criteria for inclusion as a World Heritage Site

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iTo represent a masterpiece of human creative genius. All
iiTo exhibit an important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or landscape design. All
iiiTo bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared. All
ivTo be an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history. All
viTo be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions, with ideas, or with beliefs, with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance. (The Committee considers that this criterion should preferably be used in conjunction with other criteria). All

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Exploring ancient Greece en 0.1km site_izi
Tour over Athens en 0.5km site_izi
Parilissia Iera 20200.8km site_ao
Valerian Wall at Niche Hotel 20200.5km site_ao
Numismatic Museum of Athens 20201.1km site_ao
Theatre of Dionysus 20200.2km site_ao
Divani Palace Acropolis Fortification Wall 20190.4km site_ao
Klafthmonos Square Parking Structure Fortification Walls 20191km site_ao
Eleni Marneri Galerie Late Antiquity Urban Villa 20190.5km site_ao
Fethiye Mosque 20190.4km site_ao
Tzistarakis Mosque 20190.6km site_ao
Poulopoulos Hat Factory 20191.2km site_ao
Church of Agios Dimitrios Loumbardiaris (Saint Demetrius the Bombardier) 20190.5km site_ao
The First Building Constructed for the Modern Olympic Games 20190.9km site_ao
Anafiotika 20190.1km site_ao
Korai 4 20191.1km site_ao
Gestapo Interrogation Memorial 20181.3km site_ao
Roman Tomb in Zara 20181.1km site_ao
The Many Lamps of Pittaki Street in Athens 20170.7km site_ao
First Cemetery of Athens 20181.1km site_ao
St. John Around the Column 20181.1km site_ao
The Old Madrasa of Athens 20180.4km site_ao
Agia Dynami 20180.7km site_ao
Tower of the Winds 20180.4km site_ao
St. Catherine’s Greek Orthodox Church 20180.4km site_ao
Ancient Greek Magic Ball 20180.3km site_ao
Choragic Monument of Lysicrates 20180.3km site_ao
Bank of Piraeus Headquarters (today Alpha Bank) 1.1km site_brutalism
Fix Brewery (Today National Museum of Contemporary Art) 0.9km site_brutalism

About the source: UNESCO

Within UNESCO's broad remit, this specialised agency of the UN works towards international cooperation agreements to secure the world's cultural and natural heritage, designating venues of exceptional value as World Heritage Sites.