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
Roman Agora, Athens
The Roman Agora, a marketplace, was built in the 1st century as the new commercial center of Athens. Bordering the marketplace is the Tower of the Winds, an ancient clock.
Panathenaic Stadium, Athens
The Panathenaic Stadium was built in 329 BC as the main site for the games that were held during the Panathenaic festival, held every four years in honor of Athena, patroness of the city.
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.
Library of Hadrian, Athens
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.

Random Athens Tours & Activities
Wine Tasting and Ancient Corinth Day Trip from Athens, Athens
  • Average Rating:4.5/5 stars
  • Duration: 7 hours
From USD
$105.95
Private Walking Tour: The Acropolis, Athens
  • Average Rating:5.0/5 stars
  • Duration: 3 hours
From USD
$82.56



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