Trip Planner:   Europe  /  Greece  /  Attica  /  Athens  /  Propylaea

Propylaea, Athens

4.6
#149 of 723 in Things to do in Athens
A propylaea, propylea or propylaia is any monumental gateway in Greek architecture. The prototypical Greek example is the propylaea that serves as the entrance to the Acropolis in Athens. The Greek Revival Brandenburg Gate of Berlin and the Propylaea in Munich both evoke the central portion of the Athens propylaea.The Greek word προπύλαιον propylaeon (propylaeum is the Latin version) is the union of the prefix προ- pro-, "before, in front of" plus the plural of πύλη pyle "gate," meaning literally "that which is before the gates," but the word has come to mean simply "gate building."Propylaea of the Athenian AcropolisThe monumental gateway to the Acropolis, the Propylaea, was one of several public works commissioned by the Athenian leader Pericles in order to rebuild the Acropolis at the conclusion of the Persian Wars. Pericles appointed his friend Phidias as the supervisor and lead architect of this massive project, which Pericles allegedly financed with funds appropriated from the treasury of the Delian League. According to Plutarch, the Propylaea was designed by the architect Mnesicles, about whom nothing else is known. Construction began in 437 BC and was terminated in 432, when the building was still unfinished.
Plan to see Propylaea and other attractions that appeal to you using our Athens road trip tool .
Source
Create an itinerary including Propylaea
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Tours to Propylaea
Propylaea Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
139 reviews
Google
4.8
TripAdvisor
  • Propylea (front gate, greek) is the central front entrance to the Acropolis. It is a rather steep staircase, decorated with columns and porticoes. It is here that the biggest congestion of visitors is created, and it is from here that the loudest shout and whistle the caretakers, trying to increase the speed of passage of tourists, as well as not to allow them to touch the marble columns. But if you take a break from the fuss, the architecture of this place inspires with its scale and idea. For example, a small reference for connoisseurs: they say that it was here for the first time in history used columns of Doric and ionic orders in a single ensemble.
    View original
  • There is a bad place in the area, and there are only a few places on Tripadvisor.
    View original
Google
  • Here is the entrance to the Acropolis. depending on the time of the day it can get very crowded. usually around mid day is when its busy and as the sun starts getting closer to the horizon its when there will be a lot less foot traffic. watch your step going up the floor can be very slick especially if it is wet
  • The magnificent entrance to the Acropolis. Was constructed of white marble on 432 BC and was restored the last years. It is 24 meters wide and 18 meters heigh. On the right side there is a small building that used as a gallery with paintings. On the left side there is the older temple of Athena Nike. Highly recommended place.
Places to stay near Propylaea

Plan your trip to Athens

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Athens

View all >
4.6
Duration: 3​h 30​min
4.7
Duration: 2​h
4.4
Duration: 2​h
4.9
Duration: 1​h

Museums in Athens

View all >
4.5
Duration: 3​h
4.6
Duration: 2​h
4.8
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.4
Duration: 1​h

Hidden gems in Athens

4.6
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.4
Duration: 2​h
4.8
Duration: 3​h 30​min
4.2
Duration: 2​h

Historic Sites in Athens

View all >
4.8
Duration: 2​h
4.4
Duration: 1​h
4.0
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.3
Duration: 3​h

Shopping in Athens

View all >
5.0
Duration: 2​h
5.0
Duration: 2​h
5.0
Duration: 2​h
5.0
Duration: 2​h

Nearby attractions in Athens

4.7
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.2
Duration: 1​h
4.0
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.7
Duration: 2​h
4.7
Duration: 1​h 30​min
5.0
Duration: 6​h
5.0
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.0
Duration: 2​h