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.
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Propylea is the ornamental imposing entrance to the Acropolis. Part of it is intact. We are left wondering how the Greeks built such imposing structures with huge columns and beams, on top of a hill.... more »
The monumental gateway was used in ancient Greek architecture. The typical Greek example is the propylaea that serves as the entrance to the Acropolis in Athens. Walking past begins the adventure of..... more »
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.
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