Sacred Rock of the Acropolis
The ‘Sacred Rock’ of the Athenians is famed worldwide for its architectural masterpieces, including the Parthenon, a monument of startling simplicity and beauty; the Temple of Athena Nike; and the Erechtheion, a 420 BC temple dedicated to both Athena and Poseidon – beloved for its iconic row of Caryatids.
- Disabled people upon presentation of their ID card or passport and Disability Certificate are admitted free of charge. In case of 67% disability or more, one escort is also entitled to free entrance.
- This site is included in the combined 5-day ticket of Acropolis & Slopes, Ancient Agora, Roman Agora, Hadrian’s Library, Olympieion, Kerameikos, Aristotle’s School with a cost of €30.
It is a route that, due to the antiquity of the monument, lacks accessibility standards and the fixed orientation points for an independent visit of a person with visual impairment. Nevertheless, it is worth a visit with an escort or a guide´s assistance. It should be noted that the Ministry of Culture has already scheduled the presence of escorts for disabled visitors, via golf carts, beginning from the junction of Theorias Street and Areopagitou Street, upon prior arrangement. Until then, we recommend the alternative of a visit to the monument by car or taxi, which can deposit you directly in front of the entrance for the disabled. However, parking is not permitted at the entrance or the space around the monument.
If you choose to go on foot the following instructions will be helpful:
On Theorias Street, we move onto the right side, being guided by the signs of the interior side of the street (pavement, gutter etc.) We now begin a slightly upward route, since this is where the ascent to the Acropolis begins. We suggest caution due to the slippery, marble ground.
At some point, following the right side of the street, we arrive at the ticket office that is located to our left. Up until this point, there is no clear sign of orientation on the ground. You can locate the ticket office only by sound during the operation hours. There, you will be located and supported by the site guards. The main entrance of the archaeological site is a few metres after that.
Accessibility to the Acropolis according to the official website:
- The Acropolis of Athens, a naturally fortified rocky outcrop of 160-metres in height, acquired an elevator in 2004 due to the Olympics and the Paralympics of Athens for disabled people and any parent attending with two or more infants on their own.
- Visitors can access the elevator via a special entrance on the “Peripatos” pathway. It is located 350 metres away from the entrance and it is accessible via a specially designed electric platform. It traverses a distance of roughly 25 metres and it ends up in the plateau of the Acropolis hill.
- Users of the elevator should phone ahead for details and terms (+30 210 321 4172, +30 210 923 8470). The facility is not available during extreme weather conditions and strong winds.
- The Site is partially accessible for people with disability and reduced mobility.
- At the ticket office (Google Maps Pin Acropolis Tickets Office) there are guards who will find you and assist you during the operating hours of the site.
- There are adapted WCs next to the ticket office.