Acropolis, Nike, Propylaia, Acropolis Archaic

Detail of the polygonal retaining wall for the early 6th century B.C. ramp leading to the Acropolis. The construction of this ramp may have been associated with a big reorganization of the Panathenaic festival in 566 B.C. The ramp provided easier access to the Acropolis for the large number of people who took part in the festival, but it also made it easier for the Athenians to transport large blocks of stone used in building the earliest monumental, stone temple to Athena (the so-called "H-Architecture" or "Hekatompedon" or "Bluebeard temple") at this time. View from the northwest