The Temple of Athena Nike (Greek: Ναός Αθηνάς Νίκης, Naós Athinás Níkis) is a temple on the Acropolis of Athens, dedicated to the goddesses Athena and Nike. Built around 420 BC, the temple is the earliest fully Ionic temple on the Acropolis. It has a prominent position on a steep bastion at the south west corner of the Acropolis to the right of the entrance, the Propylaea. In contrast to the Acropolis proper, a walled sanctuary entered through the Propylaea, the Victory Sanctuary was open, entered from the Propylaea's southwest wing and from a narrow stair on the north. The sheer walls of its bastion were protected on the north, west, and south by the Nike Parapet, named for its frieze of Nikai celebrating victory and sacrificing to their patroness, Athena and Nike.
Nike was the goddess of victory in Greek mythology, and Athena was worshipped in this form, representative of being victorious in war. The citizens worshipped the goddesses in hopes of a successful outcome in the long Peloponnesian War fought against the Spartans and allies.
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Nadiem Makarimm | Dec 27, 2017
The Temple of Athena Nike was finished around 420 BC, during the Peace of Nicias. It is a tetrastyle (four column) Ionic structure with a colonnaded portico at both front and rear facades (amphiprostyle), designed by the architect Kallikrates. The columns along the east and west fronts were monolithic columns. The temple ran 8 metres (27 ft) long by 5.5 metres (18.5 ft) wide and 7 metres (23 ft) tall. The total height from the stylobate to the acme of the pediment while the temple remained intact was a modest 7 metres (23 ft). The ratio of height to diameter of the columns is 7:1, the slender proportions creating an elegance and refinement not encountered in the normal 9:1 or 10:1 of Ionic buildings. Constructed from white Pentelic marble, it was built in stages as war-starved funding allowed.
Ognian Dimitrov | Dec 10, 2017
A small but exceptionally well preserved ancient temple at one end of the Acropolis. On Sundays in winter, the entrance is free of charge.
Peter Stendys | Feb 10, 2018
A great view just at the entrance to the top of the Acropolis
David Sarkies | Sep 28, 2017
I reckon I missed this as I ascended to the Acropolis, but a lot of the place is in ruins. No doubt built after the victory over the Persians.
Milo Cridge | Dec 20, 2017
Stunning entry way to the acropolis!
Deborah Austin | Mar 14, 2018
Absolutely fascinating historical facts and views from the Acropolis ~ what a treat! I want to revisit and learn so much more!!
Brett Gottfried | Apr 20, 2018
Well preserved columns that are carved in the shape of women. The structure definitely warrants a visit.
Shane R | Jun 6, 2018
The Temple of Athena Nike (Nike means Victory in Greek) is on the right when your approaching the entrance (Propylaea) to the Acropolis. It's a stunning sight to see and sets the tone for the wonders to come once your inside.... Enjoy :)
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