athens
Country : Greece
Currency : Euro (EUR)
Language : Greek
Population
City: 664 046 (2011)
Metro: 3 828 434 (2011)
Time
Zone: Eastern European Time (EET)
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
Kerameikos, Athens
Kermeikos is the site of the ancient cemetery. Many funerary sculptures were discovered here during excavations in the early 20th century. Ruins of two large city gates were also found at this site.
Acropolis Museum, Athens
The Acropolis has a collection of magnificent sculptures that were found on the sacred Acropolis Hill. They are housed in a rather spectacular modern building, which opened in 2009.
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.
National Library, Athens
The National library is a neoclassical building, designed as a Doric temple by Danish architect Theophil Hansen. The 19th century architect created several more neoclassical buildings in Athens.

Random Athens Tours & Activities
Mycenae and Epidaurus Day Trip from Athens, Athens
  • Average Rating:4.5/5 stars
  • Duration: 10 hours
From USD
$102.07



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