Country : Greece
Currency : Euro (EUR)
Language : Greek
City: 796 442 (2004)
Metro: 4 013 368 (2004)
Zone: Eastern European Time (EET)
closeAthens 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
Parliament House, Athens
The Parliament House was built in the 19th century as the Royal Palace for king Otto I. Shortly after the monarchy was abolished in 1929, it became the new home of the Greek parliament.
Ancient Agora, Athens
For centuries, the Ancient Agora was the center of life in Athens. Today it is a large archaeological park with numerous ruins, a surviving ancient temple and a reconstructed stoa, now home to a museum.
University, Athens
The University building is the oldest of a group of three neoclassical buildings that are known as the Athenian trilogy. Statues in front of the building honor important figures in the history of modern Greece.
Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Athens
The Odeon of Herodes Atticus was built in 161 AD by Herodes Atticus. The theater / concert hall, which had a wooden roof, accommodated up to 5,000 spectators.

Random Athens Tours & Activities
Electric Bike Tour of Athens by Night, Athens
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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