athens
Country : Greece
Currency : Euro (EUR)
Language : Greek
Population
City: 796 442 (2004)
Metro: 4 013 368 (2004)
Time
Zone: Eastern European Time (EET)
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Athens
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
Temple of Zeus, Athens
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.
Benaki Museum, Athens
The Benaki Museum is one of the top museums in Athens. A varied collection gives an overview of the evolution of art and culture in Greece over a span of more than 7 millennia.
Lykavittos Hill, Athens
With a height of 277 meters (+900 ft), Lykavittos is the highest hill in Athens. At its top is the picturesque St. George Chapel. The view from the hill is magnificent, especially at night.
National Archaeological Museum, Athens
The largest museum in Athens, with an exceptional collection of artifacts, spanning more than seven millennia, from the prehistoric era to the end of the Roman era.

Random Athens Tours & Activities
Acropolis of Athens Tour, Athens
  • Duration: 90 minutes
From USD
$33.06
Private Shopping Tour in Athens, Athens
  • Duration: 4 hours
From USD
$217.32
Athens Greek Food and Markets Tour, Athens
  • Duration: 3 hours
From USD
$77.00



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