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
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.
Theater of Dionysus, Athens
The theater of Dionysus is the birthplace of European theater. During the 5th century BC comedies and tragedies of famous writers such as Aeschylus, Euripides and Sophocles were performed here.
Lykavittos Hill, Athens
With a height of 277 meters (+900 ft), Lykavittos is the highest hill in Athens. At its top is the picturesque St. George Chapel. The view from the hill is magnificent, especially at night.
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
Athens Christmas Food Tour, Athens
  • Duration: 3 hours
From USD
$88.95
2-Day Trip to Delphi and Meteora from Athens, Athens
  • Average Rating:4.5/5 stars
  • Duration: 2 days
From USD
$195.33



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