Athens
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Athens

Named for the goddess, Athena, the city of Athens, Greece, has many classical buildings that are now regarded as icons of the ancient world. Learn about where democracy began when you visit this city and gaze in awe at the spectacular beauty of the city. Just about all the tourist attractions are within a 30 minute walk of the centre of the city with the Acropolis and the Lykavittos Hill as your landmarks. There are narrow winding streets and the Anafiotika, at the base of the Acropolis is the re-creation of a Greek village.

 

 

Attractions

If archaeology is where you interests lie when you visit Athens, you can buy a block of tickets that will give you admission into all of them. There are also many museums for you to visit, depending on the length of time you plan to stay in the city.

Acropolis

Open: Daily 8:00-7:00 (summer); daily 8:30-3:00 (winter). There is an admission charge

This is the rocky outcrop that dominates the skyline of the city and is the site of the first settlement of Athens. Here you will find the Acropolis Museum and four sacred buildings ? all of which date back to the 4th century B.C. Climb the steep steps to the Propylaea, which is a monumental gateway - the entrance to the site. You can visit the restored Temple of Athena and visit the Parthenon, which is the icon of Western civilization. In the Acropolis Museum on this site, there are nine rooms housing the artifacts that date back thousands of years. Even though this area receives thousands of tourists, you still get the feeling that you are stepping back in time.

Theater of Dionysus

Tel: 210 322 4625 Open: Daily 8:00-7:00 (summer); daily 8:30-3:00 (winter). There is an admission charge

This was the original site where the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripedes were performed. The ruins of this theatre are some of the oldest in Athens.

Agora

Open: Daily 8:00-7:00 (summer); daily 8:30-3:00 (winter). There is an admission charge

Here you will see monuments and ruins from different periods in the history of Athens. It is the site of the Temple of Haephaistos, one of the best preserved temples in the country. The Museum of Agora houses a fascinating display of artifacts which reveal much about how the ancient people went about their daily lives. This museum is located in the Stoa of Attalos, which is believed to be an ancient shopping mall consisting of 42 shops.

 

National Archaeological Museum

Open: Daily 8:00-7:00 (summer); Mon 10:30-5:00, Tues-Sun 8:30-3:00 (winter). There is an admission charge.

Here you will see one of the finest collections of ancient and classical artifacts in Greece. The Bronze Collection contains a huge statue of Poseidon, which dates back to the 4th century B.C. You can enjoy a snack in the café that overlooks the internal statue garden.

Safety

Tourists are generally safe when enjoying the sights and sounds of Athens. There are pickpockets, so you should be careful.

 
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