Athens Sights and Landmarks Guide, Greece
Athens is one of the places in the world that has a lot remains of its ancient history. A day is not enough to explore the rich history of this classic place, with its breathtaking views and architectures. If you are clueless where to start, you may want to go to Plaka as this is the center of old Athens. A good starting point for walk to the main sites would be the center of modern day Athens, Sindagma Square. Listed below are the popular sites of Athens worth visiting.
The Acropolis This is also known as the “sacred rock” and served as the residential area back in the Neolithic period. Contrary to what most people think, Acropolis is made up numerous temples dating back to 5th century BC. Propylaea Main entrance of Acropolis and what’s remained are just the marble columns and some parts of the ceiling. Temple of Athena Nike Athena is the city’s patron goddess. This temple is near the entrance of Acropolis. Parthenon A large temple dedicated to Athena and has a Doric style of architecture. According to the legends, this was where Poseidon and Athena fought over the city to which Athena won. It is considered to be the mose beautiful and sacred temple in Acropolis. Acropolis Museum This is a small museum that holds treasures that have been unearthed in that location.
Hadrian’s Arch Famously built by the Roman emperor Hadrian, hence the name, to separate the ancient Athens and modern Roman city. Temple of the Olympian Zeus This was built a hundred years before Acropolis was built. To this day, only the columns are left but tourists get to have the chance of touching the columns.
Theater of Dionysus Location is just below Acropolis. This was built back in the 8th century and was an open amphitheater where dramas written by the famous Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes were performed in front of thousands of people. Theater of Herodes Atticus This is located right beside The Dionysus Theater and built in 2nd century AD by the Romans. Presently, Athens Festival is held here. Panathinaikon Stadium This is an open air stadium built in 4th century BC that can hold 70,000 people. The first modern Olympics n 1886 was held here as well as the opening ceremonies of the 2004 Olympics. Keramaikos Currently an archaeological site and used as a cemetery in ancient times. Ancient Agora This is the commercial center of ancient Greece 2000 years ago. In this location, the temple of Hephaestus can be found and is one of the best preserved. Also the Stoa of Atalus is a reconstruction from 200 BC and now houses stuff found at the Agora. Roman Agora During the reign of Hadrian, this was the commercial center. This is where St. Paul preached to the people of Athens about the unknown God. His speech is carved on a plate on the rock. Summer in Athens is always festive as Greek dramas are performed by world famous artists in the Theater of Herodes Atticus. There are also sound and light displays held at the Acropolis and the Parthenon.
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- My third trip in Athens
review by angel posted more then 30 days ago
This was the second guided trip we chose. We had to be on the bus at 12:30 a.m. but even with this early start we reached Athens, the capital of Greece only at about 7:30 a.m. Our first stop was the city's harbor where we made some photos of the ships but we were too tired to really enjoy it. The...
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review by Wazling posted more then 30 days ago
Athens as a city, is a big fat man, who's dirty and not able to move. Culture of course you can have there a lot, for example with the Parthenon, the Agora and so on. You can spend days there, only visiting ancient Greek places and museums, mostly close to areas with ancient ruins. There're a...
- Athens - first impression
review by Wazling posted more then 30 days ago
I've never seen such a different city before that time. On the one hand there was everything historical and full of antique things, on the other hand the place was very dirty and spoiled sometimes, mainly if you went away from the tourist places. Today it's not so bad any more, like friends told...
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