While visiting the Ancient Agora in Athens, I noticed an outcrop high on the hill to the south. I didn’t know what it was, but based on the number of people who were standing on it, it was clearly a popular destination. I snapped a photo and made a mental note to do some research on it later that night.
Once I discovered that it was the famous Areopagus, the site where ancient Greeks met to discuss city business and where the apostle Paul first preached Christianity to the Athenians, I was a bit irritated at myself for not having known that already. However, if I hadn’t done my research, I might not have appreciated my visit as much as I did the next day. First of all, it’s a beautiful climb up the hill.
Once you leave the stairs and start climbing on the rock’s surface, it gets a little tricky. Footholds are a bit tough to find, and the rock has been worn slick by two millennia’s worth of gatherings and tourism.