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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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POSEIDON TEMPLE

The sanctuary of Poseidon at Sounion is one of the most important sanctuaries in Attica. Sporadic finds point to the conclusion that the site was inh... more ...

ERECTHEION
Caryatid Porch of the Erechtheion. Southeast corner. View from the southeast.

Caryatid Porch of the Erechtheion. Southeast corner. View from the southeast. 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 - SARONICOS HOTEL
16 - EPIDAVROS HOTEL
17 - FRESH DESIGN HOTEL
18 - GOLDEN SUN
19 - GLAROS HOTEL
20 - METROPOLITAN HOTEL
21 - ODEON HOTEL
22 - HOTEL PALACE
23 - EVRIPIDES
24 - APOLLON PALACE & SPA
25 - AIROTEL PARTHENON
PSIRRI
PSIRRI

The place of Athens nightlife. This is a neighborhood within the old part of the city of Athens in Greece. Psiri is the centre of night life in Athens... more ...


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


PANORAMAS
- VARKIZA SURROUND
- ACROPOLIS SURROUND
- VOULIAGMENI LAKE
- PHILOPAPPOS MONUMENT SURROUND
- ZAPPEION
- PALEA FOKEA (ANABYSSOS) FISHING PORT
- OMONOIA
- MONASTIRAKI SQUARE
- MIKROLIMANO SURROUND
- THE PARLIAMENT AND THE MONUMENT OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER
- TOWN HALL SQUARE
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 ...


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

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Pablo Picasso - Composition
Athens airport hotels
Pottery horse-shaped jug
1858
Gazi (Gaz) Factory Workshops
Giannis Spyropoulos - Triptych
Military and Diplomatic Uniforms
Stele with Draconian laws
Donation by Baron Simon Sinas
Spyros Papaloukas - The vilage Kammeno
Panagiotis Tetsis - Untitled
The Dormition of the Virgin
Sacred House
Nikolaos Lytras - The straw hat
Stele with the text of the Second Athenian League
PLANISPHERE
PENTATHLON

TEMPLE OF OLYMPIAN ZEUS
TEMPLE OF OLYMPIAN ZEUS

The Temple of Olympian Zeus (Olympeion) was an enormous structure, the largest temple in Greece, exceeding even the Parthenon in size. Work began on t... 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
FRISSIRAS MUSEUM
FRISSIRAS MUSEUM

The Frissiras Museum, the only Museum for Contemporary European Painting in Greece, was inaugurated on November 27, 2000 by the President of the Repub... 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