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Temple of Athena Nike, Athens

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When touring the Acropolis, be sure to pay special attention to Temple of Athena Nike, the first Ionic temple in Athens' collection of architecture dedicated to their Pantheon. The walls and columns of the temple still stand in all their glory. Athenians once worshipped Nike, the goddess of victory, inside the colonnaded structure. Many of the statues and friezes that once graced the outside of the building can be found in the Acropolis Museum (moved to protect them from the elements). Access to this attraction is included in your ticket for the Acropolis. Use our Athens holiday planner to add Temple of Athena Nike and other attractions to your Athens vacation plans.
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  • You can immediately see on the right by climbing the steps of the propylenes, on the edge of the rock overlooking the valley. Very elegant with the columns in the Ionic-first monument style built totally in this style- four on the front and four on the back and a cornice adorned with precious bas-reliefs perhaps related to the victory of Marathon on the Persians. Inside a wooden statue with the Goddess represented without wings to signify, according to some, that the deity would no longer leave Athens.It is not visitable. Some original decorations can be found in the Acropolis Museum.
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  • It is built on one tower of the Propyleus, Commemorating the victory over the Persians in the Battle of Salamina. Inside was a statue of Athena as a triumphant winged deity, which had its wings cut off so that it would not leave the place, seeking to ensure victory for its Athesian devotees in as long as war campaigns took part. It should not be forgotten that Athena became patron and protector of the city of Athens, after winning Poseidon in a contest. According to legend, whoever of the two made the best gift to the city would be the winner. Thus, Athena emerged victorious from the lance by defeating the god of the seas and oceans, offering the olive tree as a present to the Athenian people.
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  • This temple is just a small shrine on the right side of Propylaia when you enter the Acropolis. You cannot get too close, but there is something captivating in the small building seen with a distant hill as background. Brink water and a hat. Bought tix online. The feels r awesome, thousands of yrs of history... still standing!
  • This temple of Athena Nike was considered one of the most sacred on the hill having the sacred Olive tree.Legend has it that Zeus offered a contest between Athena and Poseidon for staking claim to Athens. Poseidon hit his trident on a hard rock of the Acropolis and created a water spring while Athena on the other hand produced an olive tree with her spear using her wisdom.Athenians who were the final judge of the competition proclaimed Athena the winner and thus Acropolis became the seat of Athena and the city "Athens" or "Athina" as is pronounced in Greek.
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