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We arrived in Athens too late to go to the Acropolis or the National Museum. After a fun-filled ride through downtown searching for a gas station, we returned the car and checked in to the Athens Hilton. We watched the sun go down from the top floor bar of the hotel. The Acropolis was dimly visible through the smog.

The next day, we wanted to visit the Acropolis and the National Archaeological Museum before we boarded the cruise ship.

We got there right as the Acropolis opened, so it wasn't crowded. The Parthenon was built in the 5th century BC, after the Persians destroyed the previous monuments on the Acropolis. The roof has been missing since 1687, when a stray bullet ignited the gunpowder and munitions stored in the building.

This nearby building is the Erechtheion, the tomb of a legendary king of Athens
The National Archaeological Museum contains all of the valuable stuff found at sites throughout the country. We saw the gold grave goods from Mycenae, frescoes from Tiryns, and endless marble heads.
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