Extending your visit
If you do have some extra time to dedicate to your visit then a walk through the Acropolis Museum is a must. Set below the southern slopes of the Acropolis, it houses every artifact or relic found within the ruins, dating from Bronze Age, through the Romans, and up to Byzantine Greece.
To the northwestern side of the Acropolis, the Roman Agora was the central square of ancient Athens – a community meeting point for discussions on issues of the day, politics, law, philosophy, and general tittle-tattle.
To the immediate east is the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Also known as the Columns of the Olympian Zeus, this was once an imposing temple dedicated to the chief of the gods, Zeus. It is believed to have been constructed during the peak of the Olympic Games, around 470 BC.
Finally to the north of the complex is Hadrian’s Library. Bult by Roman Emperor Hadrian in AD 132, this site was both a forum for lectures and philosophical discussion, and a house for all manner of literary, legal, and administrative documents.