Most Popular Attractions (last 7 days)
- 1. Acropolis
- 2. Parthenon
- 3. Temple of Zeus
- 4. Ancient Agora
- 5. Parliament House
- 6. Philopappos Hill
- 7. Academy
- 8. Lykavittos Hill
- 9. Library of Hadrian
- 10. Theater of Dionysus
- 11. Monument of Lysicrates
- 12. Monastiraki Square
- 13. Odeon of Herodes Atticus
- 14. National Library
- 15. Syntagma Square
- 16. National Archaeological Museum
Athens was founded more than 3500 years ago. The city was at the height of its powers during the fifth century B.C. when its most famous temple, the Parthenon, was constructed.
The city state had a large cultural and political influence on the rest of Europe; it is even considered the birthplace of democracy and the cradle of modern civilisation.
After long periods of occupation Athens regained importance in the 19th century when it became the capital of Greece.
Random Athens Highlights
The Roman emperor Hadrian, who admired Greek culture, commissioned the construction of a large library complex. The large structure, 120 meters in length, opened in 132 AD.
Monastiraki is named after and old monastery, most of which has been demolished during archaeological excavations. Nearby is the popular open-air flea market, held every Sunday.
More than seven centuries after construction started, this temple was eventually completed in 131 AD by the Roman emperor Hadrian. It was the largest temple in Greece, even eclipsing the Parthenon.
Random Athens Tours & Activities
- Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes