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
Panathenaic Stadium, Athens
The Panathenaic Stadium was built in 329 BC as the main site for the games that were held during the Panathenaic festival, held every four years in honor of Athena, patroness of the city.
Monastiraki Square, Athens
Monastiraki is named after and old monastery, most of which has been demolished during archaeological excavations. Nearby is the popular open-air flea market, held every Sunday.
Byzantine Museum, Athens
The Byzantine Museum has a collection of early Christian, Byzantine and post-Byzantine art from the 3rd to the 20th century. Icons are well represented, but there are many other artworks on display.
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.




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