This is one of those photos that I am really happy with – it made the high up a mountain in the dark at night worth it – ok it was a walk on a path up a hill, but it was at night and it was pitch dark! I would so love to get that same shot without the cranes and scaffolding, but it think it will be a few years before that is at all possible!
In my previous post, I told you how I had to climb to the top of Philopappos hill in the middle of the night for a shot of the Acropolis.
Here is Philopappos Monument at the top of the hill. There is not much to say about Philopappos (his was a prominent Greek in the Roman Empire, he died in 116 AD, and his sister build the tomb in his honour).
To get this picture, I had to climb to the top of Philopappos hill in the middle of the night. Philopappos Hill is basically a wooded nature reserve with lovely windy paths, which meander to Philopappos Monument, from which you have this amazing view of the Acropolis.
But it is pitch dark at night, so it was with great effort that I carried myself, my camera, lenses and a tripod to the top of the hill. Did I mention that the street dogs in Athens sleep on the hill at night? I was constantly being barked at by dogs that I couldn’t see in the dark!
I think it was worth it though; I love the view from here. You can see the Parthenon on the right, with the Propylaea on the left (basically the entrance or gateway to the Acropolis complex).
In my next post I will show you the Philopappos Monument.