Temple of Athena Nike, Athens

Temple of Athena Nike, Athens (must see)

At only 11 feet – or 3.3 metres – in height, this small temple is easy to miss on the Acropolis. It sits atop the rock wall to the right of the Propylaea Gate, and you'll get a good view of it at the upper right as you enter the Acropolis. Destroyed twice in history, it was successfully rebuilt so you can admire its perfect symmetrical architecture with four Ionic columns at each end. A full-scale restoration was completed in 2010, so it looks very much like it would have looked in 420 BC when Athenians worshiped Athena Nike there.

In Greek mythology, Nike was the goddess of speed, strength and victory. Athenians left offerings and prayed that she would help them defeat Sparta in the Peloponnesian War. Unlike other Nike statues which usually had wings, the one at this temple was wingless so that victory could never abandon the city. Looking up, some of the pieces that make the temple's frieze are still there. Fragments of the frieze are exhibited in the Acropolis Museum and the British Museum.

Tip:
Get your multi-ticket pass from somewhere else to skip the queue.
Whichever entrance you go in, exit at the other one (i.e. if you enter from the North Entrance, leave by the South) so you see everything.

Opening Hours:
Mon: 8am-4pm; Tue, Thu, Sat-Sun: 8am-8pm; Wed, Fri: 8am-1am

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Temple of Athena Nike on Map

Sight Name: Temple of Athena Nike
Sight Location: Athens, Greece
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Walking Tour Around the Legendary Acropolis City Orientation Walk

Walking Tours in Athens, Greece

Create Your Own Walk in Athens

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Exarcheia Walk

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Walking Tour Around the Legendary Acropolis

Walking Tour Around the Legendary Acropolis

The Acropolis of Athens is famous all over the world, it is the symbol of the city of Athens. The first habitation remaining on this site dates back to the Neolithic period. The Acropolis hill is also called the "Sacred rock" of Athens, as it was home to temples and churches throughout recorded history. It is the one historic site you cannot miss!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 Km or 0.6 Miles
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Athens is one of the oldest European cities, widely regarded as the birthplace of Western Civilization. Its history begins in the Neolithic period between 4th and 3rd millennium BC. The first settlement on the site of Athens was situated on the rock of Acropolis which means “high city” in Greek.

According to the Greek mythology, the name “Athens” emerged from a competition between the...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 Km or 3.5 Miles
Athens Food Walk

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
Plaka Attractions Walking Tour

Plaka Attractions Walking Tour

Known as the "Neighborhood of the Gods" due to its proximity to the Acropolis and its many archaeological sites, Plaka is atmospheric, romantic, and nostalgia-inducing. Follow this self-guided walk though narrow, winding thoroughfares to explore the area's main attractions, including ancient sites, Byzantine churches, 19th-century homes, and museums.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 Km or 2.2 Miles
Walking Around the National Garden

Walking Around the National Garden

The National Garden is an impressive, historic park in the center of Athens. Formerly known as the Royal Garden, it was commissioned by Queen Amalia in 1838, reason why it is located right behind the Old Palace (currently the Greek Parliament). This self guided walk will take you on a stroll through the Garden and its many amazing surrounding sights and attractions.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles

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