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Athens Overview

One of the oldest cities in the world. The cradle of Greek civilisation. The centre of Greek myth. The hub of archaeological sites. The haunt of Greek philosophers. The museum of classical beauty. The only European city which deserves such an eloquent description is Athens the capital of Greece. The leading political, commercial, administrative, social and historical centre of Greece, Athens exudes an unmatched charm to overwhelm the visitors and win their hearts.

Athens Travel

Athens is littered with classical Greek antiquities on one hand and dotted with high-rise buildings on the other. Both ancient Greece and modern Greece exist side by side in the capital city. The origin of the city dates back to the millennial old mythological history of Greece. Named after the Greek goddess of wisdom Athena, Athens was won by her as a memento of triumph in a duel with Poseidon. Some parts of the cityscape are reminiscent of the Classical Period when Greece was the focal point of art, architecture and philosophy in the world. Home to the philosophers Socrates, Plato and Aristotle in the classical golden age, Athens is a must visit for artists, architects and historians. The glory of the city as the thriving base of Greek literature and philosophy declined in the Middle Ages. The rebirth of Athens as capital of independent Greece took place in 1834. Athens has come a long way as a bustling hive of busy bees like any other European capital cities.

Athens Travel
The sprawling cityscape of Athens is dotted with the remains of Classical Greece and beautified with the monumental architectures of modern Greece. The serene and scenic attractions of Athens are countless in number. Holidaying in the Greek capital city is all about sightseeing and wondering. Dominating the landscape of the city is the Acropolis, a must-see archaeological site boasting ancient wonders of Doric architecture like the Parthenon, the Erechtheion and the Temple of Nike in ruins. Highlighting the photographic beauty of Athens is the Parthenon, an outstanding memento of ancient Greece. The Agora, the ruined hub of Greek philosophy, is another archaeological site with a museum full of 5,000 year old Athenian sculptures. The Temple of Olympian Zeus, though in ruins, bears a testimony to the history of classical Greece. Preserving architectural and sculptural marvels of the Athenian era is the National Archaeological Museum. Syntagma Square is the place to hear the heartbeat of Athens. The Parliament of Athens is a dominant landmark of Syntagma Square.

Offering stunning views of the Acropolis from high is Lykavittos Hill, another attraction of Athens away from the buzzing city centre. A visit to the Benaki Museum and the Byzantine Museum is a journey back to the golden days of the Athenian era.

Athens Overview