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
Acropolis, Athens
The Acropolis is one of the world's most famous landmarks. The magnificent temples on the Acropolis, built in the 5th century BC, have influenced architecture in the Western World for more than two millennia.
Parthenon, Athens
The Parthenon, a large temple perched on top of the Acropolis Hill, is one of the world's most famous buildings. It was constructed in the 5th century BC in a span of just nine years.
Philopappos Hill, Athens
The Philopappos is one of three hills situated just west of the Acropolis. In the Antiquity it was known as the Hill of the Muses, but later it was named for the monument that was erected in honor of the Roman senator Philopappos.
Theater of Dionysus, Athens
The theater of Dionysus is the birthplace of European theater. During the 5th century BC comedies and tragedies of famous writers such as Aeschylus, Euripides and Sophocles were performed here.

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Classical Greece: 4-days tour with Meteora from Athens, Athens
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