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
National Garden, Athens
The National Garden is a surprisingly pleasant park in the center of Athens. It was originally laid out in the mid 19th century as the private garden of the Royal Palace.
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.
Academy, Athens
The Academy of Athens is considered one of the most beautiful neoclassical buildings in the world. It was constructed between 1859 and 1885 after a design by Danish architect Theophil Hansen.
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.




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