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Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens

The city of Athens shares the same name with the goddess of ancient Greeks Athena which was the goddess of wisdom. There was a debate in antiquity whether the city gave the name to the goddess or the goddess gave the name to the city but today scholars agree that the city gave the name […]

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Parthenon, Acropolis, Athen, Greece.

The construction of the Parthenon started on 447 BC and finished on 438 BC. The decorations of the temple continued for 6 more years until 432 BC. It was build by the architects Ictinus and Callicrates under the supervision of Phidias a famous sculptor by that time. Today is considered one for the greatest examples […]

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Acropolis Museum – Μουσείο Ακρόπολης

Opened for the public on 2009, the museum of Acropolis hosts more than 4000 objects found exclusively within the limits of the archeological site of the Athenian Acropolis. This impressive 14000 square meters modern building is elevated above ground supported by pillars to allow for the preservation of the ancient ruins below. If you visit […]

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Areopagus Hill Mars Hill, Athens, Greece

Areopagus is a rocky hill northwest of Acropolis in Athens. Its name originates either from the Greek god Ares which according to the myth was tried there for the murder of the son of Poseidon; or from the Greek deities Erinyes which where responsible for the vengeance and revenge and deliver guilt to humans. In […]

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Athens, Greece

Staring from the Thision train station, the pedestrian street Apostolou Pavlou pass through some of the most important archeological monuments of Athens such as the ancient agora and the Areopagus, the rock where Athenian hold their courts for homicides. The street is connected with another pedestrian street, the Dionysiou Aeropagitou street where the Acropolis museum […]

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Anafiotika

Under the hill of Acropolis a very small and scenic neighborhood lies. Anafiotika is one of the most beautiful places in Athens (if not the most beautiful) and it it part of the historical neighborhood Plaka. The first houses of this scenic neighborhood were build around 1850 when builders were brought in Athens to work […]

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Monastiraki Square

If there is something that ancient Greeks are most famous about, is for the creation of the first democratic political system, close to what we know today as democracy. The word democracy comes from the Greek word 'demos', meaning the common people and 'kratos' meaning the strength or power. Around 508 BC, Athenians led by […]

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Odeon of Herodes Atticus

Did you know that modern western theater comes from the ancient Greek drama from which it borrows technical terminology, genres, and of course themes, stereotypical functional characters and plots? Well, the word theater comes from the Greek word 'θέατρον' which means a place for viewing. According to Aristotle the first theatrical performances are to be […]

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Lycabettus Hill, Athens, Greece

Lycabettus is a 300 meter height hill in the city of Athens. According to the Greek mythology the hill created when the goddess Athena, after receiving very bad news, dropped the limestone rock that she was carrying and was intended to be used in the construction of acropolis. Lycabettus is one of the most famous […]

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Tower of the Winds

In the Roman Agora of Athens an octagonal tower made of marvel is located; and it is considered to be the world's first meteorological station. The tower of the Winds or Aerides as it is known among Greeks is a 12 meter height structure with a diameter of 8 meters. The frieze of the tower […]

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