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
University, Athens
The University building is the oldest of a group of three neoclassical buildings that are known as the Athenian trilogy. Statues in front of the building honor important figures in the history of modern Greece.
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.
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.
Syntagma Square, Athens
Syntagma Square - Contitution Square in English - is the most famous square in Athens. The main attractions here are the Parliament Building and the Evzones - presidential guards in traditional costume.

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