Athens

Athens

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Athens is the historical capital of Europe, since it has never ceased to be inhabited since the Neolithic era. In the length of its long, fascinating history, the climax came in the 5th century. B.C. (The “Golden Age of Pericles”), when its values ​​and culture surpassed the geographical boundaries of the city and acquired pan-human radiation. Political thought, theater, the arts, philosophy, science, architecture, and so many other versions of human intelligence have reached their epic outpouring into a unique world-historical coincidence and spiritual integration.

Thus, Athens was the uterus of Western civilization, while countless Greek words and concepts such as democracy, harmony, music, mathematics, art, gastronomy, architecture, logic, eros, euphoria and hundreds of others enriched many languages ​​and inspired different cultures.
Over the centuries, the city has experienced various conquerors, leaving their traces of monuments with distinct glamor and charm, creating a rare historical palimpsi. In 1834, it was proclaimed the capital of the modern Greek state, starting from the remembrance of its classical past, but in the two centuries that passed it developed into a modern metropolitan center with unparalleled charm and high interest.

Today, the visit to it offers an unforgettable experience. A “journey” to the history of 6,000 years! The “baptism” of great monuments and masterpieces of art from antiquity and medieval times, as well as the architectural heritage of the 19th and 20th centuries. The sense of “warmth” and magnificence from the amazing light, which spreads generously the Attic sky. The magic of the natural landscape of the wider region (seaside “lacy”, coasts, mountainous volumes). The enjoyment of the modern infrastructure and the special liveliness of its inhabitants.

Around the Acropolis

The route starts from the Temple of Olympian Zeus (6th century BC), one of the largest temples of antiquity and ends at the Adrianus Gate (131 AD), which is the symbolic entrance of the city of Athens. From there, walking along Dionysiou Areopagitou Street (on the south side of the Acropolis), there is the ancient theater of Dionysos (5th century BC), the place where the four most important ancient Greek poets, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes saw their plays being played for the first time. Following the route follow the Eumenes gallery (2nd century BC) and over it the ruins of Asklepieion (5th century BC) and the Conservatory of Herodes Atticus or Herodion as it is called today, which was built in 161 A.D. And nowadays hosts the most important performances in the framework of the Greek Festival.

From this point you can climb to the sacred rock of the Acropolis, the place where you will meet some of the most important masterpieces of world art and architecture, among which the Parthenon of course. Equally impressive with the Parthenon, the Propylaea, the Erechtheion and the temple of Athena or the Aptera Nike are the protagonists in the sacred rock. During your visit here enjoy the truly unique view and definitely do not miss to visit the Museum, which is right next to the Parthenon Temple. Just 300 meters away from the sacred rock awaits the impressive New Acropolis Museum, one of the most important examples of modern architecture in the city of Athens. Made of steel, glass and cement, it houses a total of 4,000 finds from the monuments of the Acropolis, of inestimable archaeological importance and importance, representing the history and customs of the most important religious site throughout ancient Athens. Descending from the Acropolis, we meet the Supreme Court, the world’s oldest court. On the contrary, the hill of Philopappou, with the beautiful cobblestone streets and the Roman monument of the same name, always compensates with the special beauty of the visitors, while a little further is Pnyka, the place where the ancient Athenian citizens used to To assemble in order to carry out their democratic duties. Continuing the walk along the pedestrian street we reach the Ancient Agora, the commercial, political, cultural and religious center of ancient Athens. A visit to the archaeological site gives the visitor the opportunity and the opportunity to get a taste of the idea of ​​Classical Athenian Democracy.

From here, across Ermou Street, we find the Kerameikos cemetery, the largest of the ancient city, with impressive tombstones, statues and sculptures. Iridanos, a sacred river in antiquity, crosses the archaeological site. However, our journey to the enchanting city of Athens does not end with the visit to these unique archaeological sites.

Areas around the historic center

The neighborhood of Plaka (on the eastern side of the Acropolis), which has been inhabited since antiquity until today, is the heart of the historic center of Athens. Walking through the narrow, labyrinthine streets, between the houses and villas since the Ottoman and Neoclassical periods (19th century), one has the feeling that he is traveling back in time. Here you will find a series of ancient monuments, such as the Lysikrati monument built by generous donation of the same, when in 334 BC. Defeated as a sponsor of theatrical struggles. The Roman market, the famous Tower of the Winds or the Airs (1st century BC) and the Hadrian Library (132 AD), in the courtyard of which was erected an early Christian church which was later destroyed A three-aisled (7th c.) And a one-aisled basilica (1st century) were built true masterpieces of Byzantine architecture. Here you will also see samples from the architecture of the Ottoman period, such as Fethiye Mosque, Tzistarakis Mosque, Air Baths, Muslim Teaching Hall, etc. The Plaka area also has several important and interesting museums (the Museum of Greek Folk Art, the Museum of Greek Children’s Art, the Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments, the Museum of Frissiras a.), The picturesque tavernas, cafes, bars and souvenir shops and Greek traditional products .

Continuing from Plaka, we reach Monastiraki, one of the most characteristic areas with “old” scent of Athens, with narrow irregular roads and small buildings. Trademark is the traditional bargain with the outlets of the vendors, where one can find what he wants. Next to Monastiraki, there is the area of ​​Psirri, a picturesque, neoclassical Athenian neighborhood that has evolved into one of the most popular city halls, with a lively nightlife, full of bars, clubs, tavernas and ouzo. However, the heart of the city’s historic center strikes at its traditional shopping mall, which has more than 2,500 thousand shops of all kinds, and develops on the streets and narrow streets surrounding Ermou street (the city’s most popular shopping street). The western boundary of the shopping center is Athena Street, with a large food market, reminiscent of a Middle East bazaar. Here, among other things, are the neoclassical buildings of the Athens City Hall and the Varvakio Market (where meat, fish and vegetables are sold) as well as the large and beautiful Kotzia square.

Within the historical center of the city you can find other characteristic and particularly picturesque districts such as Makrigianni (near the Acropolis and next to the impressive Museum), Ano Petralona and Thissio (where you will find many small museums and cafes, bars And restaurants). The area of ​​Kerameikos and Metaxourgeio, as well as the well-known Gasi, the area that used to operate the old gas plant, the building that now houses the cultural center of the City of Athens, also known as Technopolis, is also characteristic.

The city center

The squares of the Constitution and Omonia are the most central squares of the city. They are connected to each other by the Panepistimiou and Stadiou streets, where are some of the most beautiful and imposing neoclassical buildings of the whole of Athens. Syntagma Square dominates the building of the Hellenic Parliament and right in front of the monument of the Unknown Soldier, guarded 24 hours a day by select guards, of Evzonos, with its typical traditional uniform.

From this point you will find the beautiful National Garden, covering an area of ​​160 acres and on the southern side of the impressive Zappeion Megaron (built between 1874 and 1888). Next to the Presidential Palace (1897) and a short distance to the Panathinaiko Stadium (Kallimarmaro), where the first Olympic Games of Modern History (1896) took place. From there, crossing the Mets area, the road leads to the 1st Cemetery of Athens, the oldest cemetery in Athens, which is essentially an outdoor sculpture, as it has a wealth of splendid tombstones crafted by the most important sculptors of the 19th and 20th centuries.

From Omonia Square, Patission Street begins, a busy street adorned with beautiful buildings, among which impressive neoclassical buildings such as the National Technical University of Athens and the National Archaeological Museum, one of the best in the world, hosting rare archaeological finds from The Neolithic period until the Roman Period. Close to the Museum, there is the Exarchia area, a charming and particularly lively neighborhood, a popular hangout and meeting point, as well as the residence of many students and artists. From Exarchia, crossing the Neapolis district, one can climb to the lush hill of Lycabettus. From the top of the hill you can admire the stunning views of the city, up to the sea. From the other side of the hill there is the Kolonaki area that extends up to Vasilissis Sofias Street, one of the most magnificent streets of Athens, with beautiful neoclassical museums (Museum of Cycladic Art, Benaki Museum, Byzantine and Christian Museum, War Museum, National Gallery) and many green areas. In Kolonaki, which is considered to be the most prestigious district of the center, you will find many clothes shops and cafes, trendy restaurants, bars and cafes. Do not miss the opportunity to take a walk around the streets and admire the impressive buildings of the area, influenced by the art déco architectural movements, art nouveau and the interwar period.

Athens from above

Thanks to its rich morphology, Athens has many different places from where one can admire the stunning views of the city. Either romantic or not, leave the beauty that Athens exudes from above to impress you and seduce you.

The suburbs

In the southern suburbs, extending along the Saronic Gulf, from Piraeus to the cape of Vouliagmeni, a recreational and cultural park is planned to complement the already existing sports facilities. Due to easy access from the center of Athens, these areas offer a walk by the sea, as they have many free and organized beaches, large commercial and many clubs (mainly during the summer season).

In Maroussi (northern suburbs) are the facilities of the Olympic Center of Athens (OAKA), where most of the Olympic Games events took place in 2004. A little further north is the suburb of Kifissia, the most elegant suburb of Athens. Beautiful villas and impressive 19th-century villas.

The suburbs

In the southern suburbs, extending along the Saronic Gulf, from Piraeus to the cape of Vouliagmeni, a recreational and cultural park is planned to complement the already existing sports facilities. Due to easy access from the center of Athens, these areas offer a walk by the sea, as they have many free and organized beaches, large commercial and many clubs (mainly during the summer season).

In Maroussi (northern suburbs) are the facilities of the Olympic Center of Athens (OAKA), where most of the Olympic Games events took place in 2004. A little further north is the suburb of Kifissia, the most elegant suburb of Athens. Beautiful villas and impressive 19th-century villas.

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Villa with pool and garden in Alimos

Villa with pool and garden in Alimos

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