The new Acropolis illuminations were unveiled in September, 2020.

The Sacred Rock, the fortification and 17 monuments including the Parthenon, the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion, the Ancient Theatre of Dionysus, the Stoa of Eumenes, the Shrine of Dionysus, Aphrodite’s Cave were illuminated in a unique, innovative way, some for the first time.

The new Acropolis illuminations is a project commissioned, donated and realized by the Onassis Foundation

The designers aim was to distinguish for the first time the sacred rock from the walls and the monuments through lighting, by the use of different color temperature and intensity differentiations.

The new electical system accentuates the 3Dimensionality of the scupltures and columns to highlight all the details of the monuments and create depth of field to make the different volumes distinct from far away. Each bears the symbolism of its time and purpose and that was the inspiration to create those lighting layers.


On April 29, the “Acropolis of Athens and Monuments” project won three prestigious awards at the [d]arc Awards ceremony. The awards are given annually to lighting studios around the world.

The Best Exterior Lighting Scheme on the Structures category: High Budget of the [d]arc Awards 2020, the Best Creative Lighting Event Award 2020 and the Best of the Best Lighting Design Award 2020. The last is given to the project that received the most votes out of all project category winners. This year, 14,000 votes were cast in total and the Acropolis lighting received the majority of them