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
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.
Monument of Lysicrates, Athens
The monument of Lysicrates is the most famous choragic monument. Those monuments were built by the so-called choregoi, wealthy sponsors of theater groups.
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.
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.

Random Athens Tours & Activities
Greek Cooking Class in an Athens Tavern, Athens
  • Average Rating:5.0/5 stars
  • Duration: 3 hours
From USD
$85.93
Shared Arrival Transfer: Athens Airport to Hotel, Athens
  • Average Rating:5.0/5 stars
  • Duration: 60 minutes
From USD
$34.10



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