TOP 10 BEST AND MOST FAMOUS ATTRACTIONS IN ATHENE GREECE

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TOP 10 BEST AND MOST FAMOUS ATTRACTIONS IN ATHENE GREECE

Athens is the capital of Greece. It is a city famous for its rich history. Here the foundation was formed of Western civilization. Yet, in Athens, new buildings have been built over the centuries, making it a mixture of old and modern buildings.

10. Cathedral of Saint Dionysius

Dionysius - TOP 10 BEST AND MOST FAMOUS ATTRACTIONS IN ATHENE GREECEC messier / wikicommons

At the University Street in Athens is the Cathedral of Saint Dionysius. This Roman Catholic church dates from the 19th century to a design by Neo-Renaissance architect Leo von Klenze. The original design was more pronounced than what the church looks like now. This is because there were only moderate financial resources to lift the church. Nevertheless, the church is beautifully decorated with mosaics and icons, which were offered to the church in the past by rich families. In May 1962, the Spanish successor Juan Carlos I and Princess Sophia married Greece in this church.

9. Dionysus Theater

Dionysustheater - TOP 10 BEST AND MOST FAMOUS ATTRACTIONS IN ATHENE GREECEСлавен Косановић / wikicommons

At the foot of Mount Acropolis is the Dionysus Theater. This is Europe’s oldest theater building, dating back to the 5th century BC. It consists of 67 rows of marble benches (suitable for 17,000 spectators) with the square in the middle of the first row, a decorated seat with reliefs. This was formerly intended for the priest of Dionysus Eleutherus. The theater was used not only for music and dance shows, but also for religious celebrations, gladiator fights and meetings. Western archaeologists began in the 17th century with the exposing of the theater. It is no longer in a state where it can be played again, but it is a beautifully preserved piece of Greek history.

8. Agora (indoor market)

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Athina’s shopping street is the Athens Agora. These are two 19th century market halls. The name Agora means in the Greek gathering place. In the past, the buildings for governance and justice were established here. The main square and the market hall were also located here. Now there are Greek regional products and other food for sale in the market halls. Here there is conviviality, it may be tasted and negotiated.

7. Panathinaiko Olympic Stadium

Panathinaiko - TOP 10 BEST AND MOST FAMOUS ATTRACTIONS IN ATHENE GREECEBathing seeds / wikicommons

In 1896, the Olympic Stadium Panathinaiko, located in the center of Athens, was first used for the Olympic Games. This stadium was built on the foundations of a stadium from 330 years before Christ.Here the local Panathenian games were held. This stadium accommodated 50,000 spectators. The reconstruction of this stadium (in 1896) is a design by the architects Anastasios Metaxas and Ernst Ziller. The stadium is also called Kallimarmaro. That means “beautiful marble” because it has a lot of marble in it. Especially the stadium’s athletics track is special. It is in the shape of a hairpin. Today the stadium is still involved in the Olympic Games. In 2004 the archery took place and the finish of the marathon. It is also used for other events.

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6. Lycabettus (mountain)

Lycabettus - TOP 10 BEST AND MOST FAMOUS ATTRACTIONS IN ATHENE GREECEA.Savin / wikicommons

The highest mountain of Athens is called Lycabettus and is 277 meters high. Via the footpaths you can reach the top from the center of Athens in around 45 minutes. Also with a cable train you can come here from the Ploutarchou street. From the top of Lycabettus you have a beautiful view of Athens, especially at sunset.

5. Plaka (district)

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At the foot of the Acropolis is the Plaka district. This is a cozy old-fashioned neighborhood. In this largely car-free neighborhood you will find authentic streets with restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops. It is located near the Parthenon (number 1 of this list), located on top of the Acropolis mountain.

4. Ruins Olympieion (Temple of Zeus)

Ru%C3%AFnes Olympieion Tempel van Zeus - TOP 10 BEST AND MOST FAMOUS ATTRACTIONS IN ATHENE GREECEArgos / wikicommons

In the year 515, the construction of the Temple of Zeus was started. This name was given to the temple because the temple was dedicated to Zeus. Construction was completed only in the second century AD.It was at that time the largest temple in Greece. The columns have a cross section of 1.7 meters and a height of 14 meters. Here, gods and heroes were honored in the past. The temple of Zeus is located on the south side of Athens, between the Illissos River and the Acropolis. Now it’s a ruin called Olympieion.

3. National Archaeological Museum

Nationaal Archeologisch Museum - TOP 10 BEST AND MOST FAMOUS ATTRACTIONS IN ATHENE GREECEThomas Wolf, www.foto-tw.de

One of the largest museums in the world is the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. The building was built in 1866. It became a gathering place for ancient Greek art and other archaeological finds from all over Greece, such as jewelry, crystal, golden jars, bronze knives and masculine masks.

2. Syntagma Square

Syntagmaplein - TOP 10 BEST AND MOST FAMOUS ATTRACTIONS IN ATHENE GREECEC messier / wikicommons

The center of Athens is the Syntagma Square, the most famous square of the city. This square dates from 1834, when this was the city’s most crowded city center. In 1836 this royal palace was built, which later became a museum and a hospital. Now this building is the parliament building. It is called Vouli and is huge, but also spectacularly beautiful. For Vouli is the monument of the unknown soldier, from 1930. This is guarded by soldiers day and night. Every hour there is a change of guard, but on Sunday at 11.00 this is more special. Then there is traditional clothing carried by the soldiers and plays a military bond. Around the square are offices, banks, ministries, hotels, bars and nightclubs. These last two are only opened in winter. The most beautiful Athens metro station is located below the square. Here are the finds of ancient Athens. If there are demonstrations in Athens, they will find place in this square.

1. Parthenon on the Acropolis

Parthenon - TOP 10 BEST AND MOST FAMOUS ATTRACTIONS IN ATHENE GREECEParthenon 2 - TOP 10 BEST AND MOST FAMOUS ATTRACTIONS IN ATHENE GREECEA.Savin / wikicommons

On top of the 156 meter high table mountain, Acropolis, is the Parthenon. Acropolis means ‘above city’.The temple rises high above the city and from the highest temple you have a beautiful view of the city.The name Parthenon is from Parthenos. The temple was built in the 5th century BC for Protestant Athena Parthenos. At that time it was the highlight of Athenian architecture. The temple is a peripteros.That is, the temple was surrounded by columns on all sides. The building was made of white pentelic marble with a wooden roof with marble tiles. It became in the year 1687, during the siege of the Acropolis by the Venetians. hit by an explosion and a subsequent fire. In 1983, the restoration of the Parthenon began. The damage to the explosion is restored (as far as possible) as much as possible. On the table mountain Acropolis, there are a number of historical buildings beside the Parthenon: the Nikè Temple, the Erechtheion and the Propylae.

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