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Athens Greece Travel Guide
Athens Greece what a wonderful city, I have such happy memories of not only the incredible sights of the city but also of amazing food and being introduced to the great drink ouzo!
Athens is the capital of Greece, and was once the centre of Ancient Greece, a powerful civilisation and empire. Athens is dominated by 5th-century BC landmarks, including the Acropolis, a hilltop citadel topped with ancient buildings such as the famous Parthenon temple.
The Acropolis Museum, along with the National Archaeological Museum, preserves sculptures, vases, jewellery and more from Ancient Greece.
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The Parthenon Athens Greece
The best known surviving building of Athens the Parthenon is well photographed and a must on everyone’s list of things to do when visiting Athens.
Perched high on the Acropolis, the Pantheon gets very busy and very crowded so go early. Construction started on the Parthenon on 447BC
The Parthenon is a former temple as a temple to the goddess Athena, considered the patron of Athens.
The Acropolis of Athens is an ancient citadel and UNESCO World Heritage Site located on a rocky outcrop above the city of Athens. It is home to the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance, the most famous being the Parthenon as well as the Propylaia, the Erechtheion and the Temple of Athena Nike.
It can get VERY busy and I recommend you get there early, also pack water as it can get very hot.
Plaka Athens Greece
Plaka is the old historical neighbourhood of Athens, built around the northern and eastern slopes of the Acropolis, it has a labyrinthine streets and restored neoclassical architecture.
The Plaka is a great place to eat, have a drink and watch the world go by.
Getting to the Plaka: Metro lines 1 and 3 both go to Monastiraki station the best metro stop for the Plaka.
The National Archaeological Museum of Athens Greece
The National Archaeological Museum
This excellent museum in Athens houses some of the most important artifacts from numerous archaeological locations around Greece from prehistory to late antiquity. It is well worth spending an afternoon wandering around this lovely museum.
Address: 28is Oktovriou 44, Athina 106 82, Greece
The Temple of Olympian Zeus
The Temple of Olympian Zeus
The Temple of Olympian Zeus also known as the Columns of the Olympian Zeus, is a monument dedicated to Olympian Zeus. Construction commenced 6th C BC and it was once and important temple in ancient Athens.
The Temple of Olympian Zeus is 500m from the Acropolis.
The National Gardens of Atens Greece
The National Gardens
For a bit of cool relief visit the National Gardens in the centre of Athens. Located directly behind the Greek Parliament building the gardens continues South to where the Zappeion is located, across from the Panathenaiko or Kalimarmaro Olympic Stadium of the 1896 Olympic Games. The Garden has some interesting ancient ruins, , mosaics, and other features. On the Southeast side are the busts of Ioannis Kapodistrias, the first governor of Greece, and of the Philhellene Jean-Gabriel Eynard.
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