Known for its robust and mighty history, Athens is the perfect place for those with an ache to witness spectacular architecture. It’s an ideal place for those who simply love everything that comes with a booming city, like shopping and such good food. Whether you’re looking for a soothing oasis or seeking out some of the world’s most historical structures, you’ll find something to love about Athens.
Olympieion: Temple of Olympian Zeus
Olympieion was built for the Greek god, Zeus. This temple dates back to the 6th century BC. Once being the largest temple in ancient Greece, the structure contained more than one hundred massive marble columns in its prime. The temple was able to preserve fifteen columns. Witnessing this ancient structure in its massiveness will only inspire the imagination to envision the temple in its once former glory.
The National Archaeological Museum
Founded in 1829, the National Archaeological Museum is the largest in Greece and home to over 11,000 historical exhibits ranging from pottery, sculptures, metal work, prehistoric relics, and much more. In addition to the exhibits, visitors will find over 700 plants in the gardens as well as musical performances.
The Acropolis was once used as the citadel of ancient Greece. Perched high upon a rocky hill, overseeing the city of Athens this ancient temple was built from 447 BC to 338 BC. With its rows of Doric columns and sculptures, the ruins of Acropolis are stunning.
Panathenaic and Olympic Stadium
For most people, when first thinking of Athens, the Olympics must come to mind. The city is known for its rich history in athletics and the start of the world’s favorite competition. This stadium, seats 60,000 spectators as they watch 204-meter-long races.1
Agora-Athens Central Market
For those looking for a little less sight-seeing and a little more shopping, this is it. The energetic market is tucked between two fascinating streets, Eolou and Athinas. It makes for a great place to sit and people watch or dive in to get ingredients for your delicious dinner. Locals pour into the colorful street between 7am and 1pm for their weekly meat and vegetables.
The oldest neighborhood in Athens is the home to hundreds of shops and restaurants to enjoy. The bright and colorful buildings are lined by cobblestone streets and dining tables. While tourist shops are everywhere throughout Athens, this lovely area is also a fantastic stop to witness craftsmen and artisans perfect their crafts.2
If you’re looking for a truly spectacular view, Mount Lycabettus is definitely worth the visit. The easiest way to get the top of this large hill, or small mountain, is via cable car. Once at the top, you’ll find a panoramic view of Athens and the sea. On a clear day you can use the telescopes to see as far as the Saronic Islands. You will find the sunset colors absolutely breathtaking!
The Temple of Poseidon at Sounion
Poseidon, according to Greek mythology, was the god of the sea. The Temple at Sounion overlooks the Aegean Sea. It’s a beautiful, peaceful location with much history. One can only stand in at what have been a majestic template, resembling that of a ship bow sailing through the waves of the Aegean Sea. It is said that the sunset is second only to that of Santorini.
The Athens National Garden
Called the oasis in the city center, the Athens National Garden has over 7,000 trees, 40,000 bushes, 6 lakes and a library with more than 6,000 books. It’s a beautiful location with lush, green vegetation, fountains, sculptures and scattered antiquities.
No matter what you are looking to experience while in Greece, there is something for you. Between the beautiful sunsets, history and the vibrant urban life, Athens is filled with opportunities to explore.
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