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Your First Trip To Greece: The Beauty And History Of Athens

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​Greece is located on the landfill of the Balkan Peninsula and it’s positioned between the east and the west at the cross road of three continents.
Traveling to Greece could be a life changing experience almost like a journey back in time.
Graecia (this is the Latin name for Greece) is the birth place of history, philosophy, democracy and traditions such as the Olympics. It has been a melting pot of cultures and ideas for over 4,000 years.
The capital is Athens. This beautiful city with its Acropolis is a crystal clear example of a city that concentrates culture, antiquity, and modernity all together in a mysterious blend of its past, as well as its recent tradition.
Athens consists of many areas which play a key role in the revealing of its distinctiveness as an historical city, as well as a major modern-day actor in fields varying from science to trade. Athenian architecture can puzzle even the most expert eye, with buildings corresponding to eras such as the Greco-Roman, Neo-Classical and modern epochs of Greek history. 

​The major point of interest of Athens is the Acropolis, literally translated into “the edge of the city”, which stand in complete harmony with the natural setting. Parthenon is probably the greatest and finest sanctuary of both modern and ancient Athens. Dedicated mainly to Athens’s patron, the goddess Athena, it overlooks the center of the city from the famous rocky cliff. 

The other most important points of interests in Athens are the following:

  1. The Agora - Today is an archaeological site located in the lower northwest slope of the Acropolis. The word "agora" relates to an assemblage of people and by extend indicates the gathering place. In Modern Greek the term stands for "marketplace".
  2. Temple of Hephaestus – It was built just two years sooner than the Parthenon and it’s a stunningly preserved Greek temple with a view over the Agora of Athens.
  3. The Erechtheion - The Erechtheion or Erechtheum is an ancient Greek temple on the north boundary of the Acropolis in Athens which was consecrated to both Athena and Poseidon. The elegant construction was erected in 421-406 BC as a substitution of an earlier temple dedicated to Athena Polias, the alleged ''Old temple''.
  4. Temple of Olympian Zeus - Also known as the Olympieion, is a Greco-Roman temple in the center of Athens, on southeast side of the Acropolis. Begun in the 6th century BC, it was not finalized until the reign of the Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century AD. At that time it was the largest temple in Greece.
  5. Acropolis Museum – It’s an archaeological museum centered on the discoveries of the archaeological spot of the Acropolis of Athens.
  6. Odeon of Herodes Atticus - The Odeon of Herodes Atticus is a marble theatre construction located on the southwest side of the Acropolis of Athens. The original wall of the stage was three stories high and was adorned with marbles and ceramic sections. In the ancient times a cedar-wooden roof sheltered the theatre.
  7. The Arch of Hadrian - Most commonly known in Greek as Hadrian's Gate, it is a monumental opening similar to – in some respects – a Roman triumphal arch.
  8. Theatre of Dionysus - The Theatre of Dionysus Eleuthereus is the most significant theatre in Athens, built at the base of the Athenian Acropolis. Dedicated to Dionysus, the god of plays and wine along with some other things, the theatre could seat as many as 17,000 people.
  9. Byzantine and Christian Museum – This Museum is located at Vassilissis Sofias Avenue in Athens. It was instituted in 1914 and accommodates more than 25,000 exhibits with extraordinary collections of pictures, scriptures, and more.
  10. Agios Eleftherios Church – This church, also known as Mikri Mitropoli or Panagia Gorgoepikoos, is from the Byzantine period and it’s located at the Mitropolis square, next to the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens.
  11. Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments – It’s a Museum and also a Research Centre for Ethnomusicology in the Lassanis Mansion, Plaka, Athens. It displays approximately 600 Greek musical instruments from the last 300 years.​
  12. Kolonaki - Kolonaki, literally "Little Column", is a neighborhood in central Athens.  It is located on the southern slopes of Lycabettus hill. Kolonaki is without a shadow of a doubt considered the highly elegant and trendy neighborhood of Athens, with many top notch boutiques, prominent bars and classy restaurants. It is also an established neighborhood with a multicultural history and its own charm.
​Athens as well as Greece’s geo-strategic significance has been a leading factor in shaping this country’s history and culture; a history of stratagems, wars and tensions but also philosophy, mythology, literature and poetry that have played a role to a culture characterized by intensity, pride and an adaptive nature. For those of you who have already visited Greece, the memories will stay with you for a lifetime. For those of you, who are interested in visiting Greece, get ready for a “trip back in time” experience!
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Till the next one…have a fun and safe trip!


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