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Exhibition at Athens Airport Presents the Hills ‘West of the Acropolis’

Thission, Athens. Photo © ajbear AKA KiltBear / Flickr

The area of the hills located west of the Acropolis site in the Greek capital is presented as a destination to explore, through a new exhibition that opened recently at Athens International Airport (AIA). Titled “West of the Acropolis”, the exhibition was designed exclusively for AIA by the Museum Herakleidon.

“The hills west of the Acropolis played an important role in the history of the city and the formation of its present character,” AIA said in an announcement.

It is the ideal place for the visitor to delve into the long history of the city, from the early to the classical antiquity, and from there to the first years of the young capital of the newly formed Greek state until today.

Photo credits: Ilias Georgouleas

With a few pictures and guided by the Greek language, which is rich in words of universal meaning, the visitor is encouraged to search for information on places with names that are part of history: Areopagus, Pnyx, Hill of the Muses, Koile Street, Observatory, Petralona, Thissio, Temple of Hephaestus.

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The ‘Irodion’ theater with Pnyx on the background.

“These are seldom followed itineraries, short trips in space and time that carry the weight of decades of history,” AIA said.

The “West of the Acropolis” exhibition is presented as an ‘itinerary’ that balances technology and culture, and joins the glorious past of Greece to its promising future.

photo credits: Ilias Georgouleas

The exhibition opened its doors on January 13 and will run until May 25, at Athens Airport’s “Art and Culture” venue, at the Arrivals level – Entrance 1.

It is open 24 hours every day with free admission.

The “West of the Acropolis” exhibition was curated by Paul and Belinda Firos, founders of the Museum Herakleidon, and organized by Eleni Nomikou, director of the museum.

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