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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
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.
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.
Temple of Zeus, Athens
More than seven centuries after construction started, this temple was eventually completed in 131 AD by the Roman emperor Hadrian. It was the largest temple in Greece, even eclipsing the Parthenon.
Parliament House, Athens
The Parliament House was built in the 19th century as the Royal Palace for king Otto I. Shortly after the monarchy was abolished in 1929, it became the new home of the Greek parliament.




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