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Top 10 places in Athens

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Visit National Historical Museum (ATHENS)

National Historical Museum (ATHENS)

The first building in this location belonged to a wealthy politician. The first parliament sat there from 1843 to 1854 until a fire destroyed it. The reconstruction was delayed until 1863 and ended in 1871: the elegant neo- classical building was built according to designs by François Boulanger and... Read more

Temple of Hephaestus (ATHENS)

It is believed that this temple was dedicated to Hephaestus, god of metal working, and Athena, goddess of crafts and fine arts, and it was built between 450 BC and 400 BC; inside there were bronze statues of the god and goddess. It has been kept in good condition because, for a time, it was used as... Read more

Roman Agora (ATHENS)

Its construction began in 19 B.C. under the Emperor Augustus and continued under Hadrian. It is smaller in size than the Ancient Agora: 111 m over 98. It was surrounded by a portico with shops and there were two entrances: the door of Athena, monumental, with four Doric columns and an imposing... Read more

Parthenon (ATHENS)

This temple of Athena that already existed, was rebuilt in grand fashion under Pericles (495 BC -  429 BC); it is the main temple of the Acropolis. Athena was the protector of the city and the goddess of war and wisdom, which may seem contradictory! The temple housed a huge statue of Athena, which... Read more

Odeon of Herod Atticus (ATHENS)

This theater was built in 161 A.D. by Herod Atticus (101-176 A.D.) in honor of his wife who died in 160 A.D. It could hold 5,000 spectators and the marble stage was 35m wide. It was restored and is now used for the Athens Festival. Herod Atticus was the grand-son of a rich banker, and his father... Read more

Acropolis Museum (ATHENS)

It houses objects found during excavations of the Acropolis, and the fragile elements of the monuments. The museum, which is very modern and was built by the architects Bernard Tschumi and Michael Photiadis, opened in 2008 and exhibited many objects that, because of lack of space, were in the... Read more

Academy of Athens (ATHENS)

Established in 1926, with the main idea of establishing an academy based on the model of Plato, it is the largest research institute in Greece; it has 3 sections: Science, Humanities and Arts, Ethics and Politics. The main building is much earlier; it has a neoclassical style and was funded by the... Read more

National Library (ATHENS)

The building was designed by Theophilus Hansen and is part of his trilogy, which also includes the University and the Academy. The idea of ??establishing a national library was launched in 1824 by Johann Maier, who got personally involved alongside Lord Byron for the independence of Greece.... Read more

Cape Sounion (ATTICA)

There was already a temple of Poseidon in this location in the 6th century BC, but it was destroyed by the Persians in 480 BC. The new temple of Poseidon that was built in the 5th century under Pericles, stands 60 m above sea level; it had 34 fluted Doric columns made of marble but only 15 of them... Read more

Mystras Lower Part (PELOPONNESE)

This city was founded by the Franks in 1249, after they gave up Sparta. There were as many as 20,000 citizens and in 1348, it became the capital of Morea, autonomous from the Byzantine Empire. It attracted many intellectuals from neighbouring countries. In the lower part, there are churches and... Read more

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