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ACROPOLIS

The Acropolis hill (acro - edge, polis - city), so called the "Sacred Rock" of Athens, is the most important site of the city and constitutes one of t... more ...


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NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF ATHENS

It is the most important archaeological museum in Greece and one of the richest in the world concerning ancient Greek art. Its collections are represe... more ...

The capital city of Athens, Greece complete guide

Athens. The city with the most glorious history in the world, a city worshipped by gods and people, a magical city. The enchanting capital of Greece has always been a birthplace for civilization. It is the city where democracy was born and most of the wise men of ancient times. The most important civilization of ancient world flourished in Athens and relives through some of the world's most formidable edifices.

Who hasn't heard of the Acropolis of Athens? Photos and history of the most famous archaeological monument in Europe have made the world tour causing feelings of admiration by thousands of people. Acropolis is nominated to be one of the 7 wonders of modern world. In fact the trademark of Athens is one of the favorites. The Holy Rock of Acropolis dates back to the 5th BC, the famous Golden Age of Periklis. Athens met times of bloom and decline, but still shines under the Attic sky gazing the future. Still sparkling like the marbles of Parthenon and the limpid white of Pentelic marble.

Athens is situated in the prefecture of Attica and extends to the peninsula that reaches up to Central Greece. It is surrounded by mountains Ymmytos, Pendeli and Parnitha, northwards and eastwards, and the Saronic gulf southwards and westwards. The sun is shining over Athens all year round. The climate is one of the best in Europe, with mild winters and very hot summers, ideal for tourism. It is located just a few kilometers from the port of Piraeus, the central commercial port of the capital, and the shores of southern Attica.

Athens is constantly inhabited since Neolithic Age. The 5th century was the time of its ultimate bloom, when moral values and civilization surpassed city limits and became the mother land of western civilization. In the centuries that followed, many conquerors tried to take over Athens. In 1834 Athens was chosen to be the capital of the newly established Greek State. The city that now hosts more than 4,5 million people, was constructed around the Acropolis walls. Today it is the political, social, cultural, financial and commercial center of Greece. Cheap flights make it affordable and easy to reach Athens for vacation or business.

Athens is a city of different aspects. A walk around the famous historic triangle (Plaka, Thission, Psyri) the old neighborhoods, reveal the coexistence of different eras. Old mansions, well-preserved ones and other worn down by time. Luxurious department stores and small intimate shops, fancy restaurants and traditional taverns. All have their place in this city.

The heart of Athens beats in Syntagma Square. Where Parliament and most of the Ministries are. Monastiraki, Kolonaki and Lycabettus Hill attract thousands of visitors all year round. A few kilometers from the historic center in Faliro, Glyfada, Voula and Vouliagmeni, you can enjoy the sea breeze. Or you can head up north and enjoy the fresh air at the more classy neighborhoods of Marousi, Melissia, Vrilissia and of course Kifisia.

Athens and Attica in general have the most important archaeological monuments (Acropolis, Odeion of Herodes Atticus, Olymbion, Roman Market, Panathinaiko Stadium or Kallimarmaro, The Temple of Poseidon in Sounio, etc). In the capital you will admire many imposing neoclassic buildings, true ornaments of the city (The Greek Parliament, Athens Academy and University, etc). Don't miss visiting the museums hosting unique treasures of our cultural inheritance (Archaeological Museum, Military Museum, Byzantine Museum, etc).

Athens has always attracted peoples' attention. During the 2004 Olympic Games proved that, despite all the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, she never - not once - lost the talent. The return of Olympic Games to their birthplace was a great success.

TThe capital is famous, more than any other European capital, for its nightlife. Athens by night totally changes. The options for entertainment satisfy all tastes. The famous "bouzoukia" are the leaders in the Athenian entertainment. While the numerous theaters all around Athens offer a different type of entertainment. Athens is a divine city. Let it enchant you...



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PLAKA

Plaka originates from the days of the Greek revolution. Under the Acropolis Plaka was built by the first construction workers that come from Anafi cyc... more ...


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Hellenic National Research Foundation

The Hellenic National Research Foundation building was one of the primary models for public architecture in Greece in the 1960s and 70s. It was the fi... more ...

ACROPOLIS HILL
View of the Acropolis from the southwest, showing the Propylaia, the Temple of Athena Nike, part of the Erechtheion, and the Parthenon. Also visible on the Sout

View of the Acropolis from the southwest, showing the Propylaia, the Temple of Athena Nike, part of the Erechtheion, and the Parthenon. Also visible on the Sout more ...


TOP HOTELS
1 - RIO HOTEL
2 - ATTALOS HOTEL
3 - ATHENS ATRIUM HOTEL SUITES
4 - ARISTOTELES HOTEL
5 - CENTRAL HOTEL
6 - ARISTON HOTEL
7 - HERMES HOTEL
8 - PLAZA NON-SMOKING HOTEL
9 - BRASIL SUITES
10 - BLUE SKY HOTEL
11 - AEGEON BEACH HOTEL
12 - NIKI HOTEL
13 - ELECTRA PALACE
14 - MARINA HOTEL
15 - EPIDAVROS HOTEL
16 - SARONICOS HOTEL
17 - FRESH DESIGN HOTEL
18 - GLAROS HOTEL
19 - GOLDEN SUN
20 - METROPOLITAN HOTEL
21 - ODEON HOTEL
22 - HOTEL PALACE
23 - EVRIPIDES
24 - APOLLON PALACE & SPA
25 - AIROTEL PARTHENON
DROSIA
DROSIA

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REGIONS
- PLAKA
- PIRAEUS
- VOULIAGMENI
- SYNTAGMA
- KOLONAKI
- ATHENS AIRPORT
- GLYFADA
- KIFISIA
- RAFINA
- PSIRRI
- THISIO
- MIKROLIMANO
- MONASTIRAKI
- NEO FALIRO
- METHANA
- VARI
- DROSIA
- KERATEA
- PERISTERI
- Kalamos


PANORAMAS
- ZAPPEION
- ACROPOLIS SURROUND
- MONASTIRAKI SQUARE
- GLYFADA BEACH SURROUND
- PHILOPAPPOS MONUMENT SURROUND
- MIKROLIMANO SURROUND
- OMONOIA
- TOWN HALL SQUARE
- THE PARLIAMENT AND THE MONUMENT OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER
- PALEA FOKEA (ANABYSSOS) FISHING PORT
- LIMANAKIA (BETWEEN VARKIZA AND VOULIAGMENI)
NATIONAL ART GALLERY
NATIONAL ART GALLERY

The National Art Gallery and Alexandros Soutzos Museum, the most important institution in Greece devoted to the subject of the history of Greek and We... more ...


BEACHES
- VOULIAGMENI
- VARKIZA
- AGIA MARINA
- PALEA FOKEA
- Kalamos

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- HISTORY

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The instruments
Marble cleroterion
TEMPLE OF POSEIDON
D. Tsokos - Alexandros Ipsilantis
1928-1934
1826-1827
Salt box
THE 19TH CENTURY OLYMPIC MOVEMENT
Excavations
1687
Theater of Dionysos, central section of theatron.
Attic red-figure pelike
CHEATING
Horologion of Andronicos (Tower of the Winds)
Nikolaos Gyzis - After the Destruction of Psara
The Pompeion
1922

JEWELLERY MUSEUM
JEWELLERY MUSEUM

The Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum (ILJM) is a centre for international jewelry studies. On permanent display are the creations by Ilias Lalaounis, an... more ...


WORTH SEEING
- ACROPOLIS
- NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF ATHENS
- ACROPOLIS MUSEUM
- NATIONAL GARDENS
- ROMAN AGORA
- ANCIENT AGORA
- PANATHENAIC STADIUM
- POSEIDON TEMPLE
- ZAPPEION
- PHILOPAPPOS
- HERODEION
- LYCABETTUS HILL
- ATHENS CONCERT HALL
- TEMPLE OF OLYMPIAN ZEUS
- KERAMEIKOS
- ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF KERAMEIKOS
- EPIGRAPHICAL MUSEUM
- STOA OF ATTALOS
- CANELLOPOULOS MUSEUM
- BYZANTINE MUSEUM
- NATIONAL ART GALLERY
- HISTORICAL MUSEUM
- RAILWAY MUSEUM
- MUNICIPAL GALLERY
- WAR MUSEUM
RAILWAY MUSEUM
RAILWAY MUSEUM

The Railway Museum of Athens was founded in 1979 and belongs to the Greek Railways Organization. Its aim is to preserve samples of the technological d... more ...


WORTH SEEING
- MUSEUM OF POPULAR INSTRUMENTS
- ARCHAELOGICAL MUSEUM OF PIRAEUS
- JEWELLERY MUSEUM
- CYCLADIC ART MUSEUM
- THE SOUTH SLOPE OF THE ACROPOLIS
- THE PNYX
- OLYMPIEION
- PLATO ACADEMY
- GAZI - TECHNOPOLIS
- ATHENS CITY HALL
- ILIOU MELATHRON
- OLD PALACE
- ATHENS UNIVERSITY
- ATHENS ACADEMY
- NATIONAL LIBRARY
- NATIONAL THEATER
- OLD PARLIAMENT
- NAUTICAL MUSEUM
- MUNICIPAL GALLERY OF PIRAEUS
- FRISSIRAS MUSEUM
- PRESIDENTIAL MANSION
- National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)
- HERAKLEIDON
- AREIOS PAGOS
- OBSERVATORY
- BENAKI MUSEUM
- Kalamos