The capital of Greece a wonderful city full of breathtaking landmarks from the 5th century BC. The city contains many museums and touristic places. It's a city full of art and history, so if you are a fan of artistic and historical sites you must visit Athens. The Acropolis, the national archeological museum, the Parthenon temple and many more are the places to visit once you are in Athens.
Plaka is known as the “Neighborhood of the Gods “, most of the streets of Plaka are filled with restaurants, Jewelry stores, tourist shops and cafes. There are few galleries and several museums about music, art and ancient history. Plaka is one of the main places to visitonce in Athens.
In the 2nd century AD, in the year 130 the Temple was built completely after many centuries. There were originally 104 Corinthian columns built. Today, 15 columns remain existing. This temple was dedicated to Olympian Zeus, the head of the Olympian Gods. The Temple of Olympian Zeus is a very interesting historical place to visit in Athens.
“Gaius Julius Antiochus Epiphanes Philopappos” is a prince of the Kingdom of Commagene who died in 116, this monument was built to honor his memory. The upper level of the monument shows 2 statues, Antiochus IV on the left and Philopappos in the center. On the right, now lost, was the statue of Seleucus I Nicator. Philopappos Monument is a really interesting historical site to visit.
Mount Lycabettus is a limestone hill 300 meters above sea level, the Chapel of St George is situated on its 2 peaks, a restaurant, and a large open-air amphitheatre at the top. Old stories say it was once the refuge of wolves which could be the origin of its name. This mount is one of the places to visit If you are in Athens.
In 1840, The Royal garden was completed by Queen Amalia of Oldenburg. In 1920, the garden was renamed “National Garden” and opened to the public moving its entrance to the 12 palms that Queen Amalia planted. Inside you can find a small café, children’s library and playground, a Botanical Museum and a duck pond.
The Panathenaic Stadium has a capacity of 50,000 seats for all kind of events that were hosted for Athletics, Gymnastics, Weightlifting and Wrestling. In the 4th century the stadium was abandoned because of the rise of Christianity and the bloody battles that happened within; until 1896 it hosted the first modern Olympics. In the late 19th century, the stadium had major reconstructions and took its final form and is now a really interesting touristic place in Athens.
The archaeological collection found in this museum was relocated to different locations, some buried but none destroyed. In 1889 the construction of this museum was completed, then came the World War II and the museum closed again. In 1945, they began moving in the collection and the museum began to expand. In the early 20th century a two-storeyed building and an east wing were constructed to accommodate the rapidly growing collection. It is considered one of the greatest museums in the world containing Greek artifacts worldwide.
Eleusis is the site of the Eleusinian Mysteries, the birthplace of Aeschyluys and a major industrial centre. It is a place where the majority of oil in Greece is imported and refined. This town is one of the main industrial places in Greece today and represent a touristic place to visit for the ones who are interested in history and art.
Located on a highly rocky hill, The Acropolis of Athens contain many historical buildings including: The Parthenon which is a former temple dedicated to the goddess Athena and is the most famous building, the Propylaea which is a monumental gate in the Greek architecture that stands as the entrance to The Acropolis, the temple of Erechtheion and the temple of Athena Nike. All the Acropolis buildings wer damaged in the 1687 siege.
The museum was built to house all the findings of the Acropolis of Athens. It extends over area of 14,000 square meter exhibiting more than 4,000 piece. This place is highly recommended to people who are interested in history. Once you are in Athens you must add this place to your list of things to do in Athens.