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Acropolis - The Acropolis archealogical museum

The Acropolis of Athens, a UNESCO world heritage monument, is an ancient citadel located on a high rocky outcrop above the city of Athens and containing the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance, the most famous being the Parthenon, a temple dedicated primarily to the city patron, the goddess Athena. The most celebrated myths of ancient Athens, its greatest religious festivals, earliest cults and several decisive events in the city’s history are all connected to this sacred precinct. The monuments of the Acropolis stand in harmony with their natural setting. These unique masterpieces of ancient architecture combine different orders and styles of Classical art in a most innovative manner and have influenced art and culture for many centuries. The Acropolis of the fifth century BC is the most accurate reflection of the splendour, power and wealth of Athens at its greatest peak, the golden age of Perikles.

  • The new Acropolis museum is considered one of the most important archeological museums in Athens and ranks among the most important museums of the world. It is focused on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens. The museum was built to house every artifact found on the rock and on its feet, from the Mycenaean Period to Roman and Byzantine Greece. It lies on the archeological site of Makrygianni and the ruins of a part of Roman and early Byzantine Athens. The museum was founded in 2003 and opened to the public on June 21, 2009. Nearly 4,000 objects are exhibited over an area of 14,000 square meters.

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The Parthenon is a temple on the Acropolis, dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their patron. Its construction began in 447 BC when the Athenian Empire was at the height of its power. It was completed in 438 BC, although decoration of the Parthenon continued until 432 BC.

It is the most important surviving building of Classical Greece, generally considered the culmination of the development of the Doric order. The Parthenon is an enduring symbol of Ancient Greece and of Athenian democracy and one of the world’s greatest cultural monuments.

  • Plaka is the old historical neighborhood of Athens, clustered around the northern and eastern slopes of the Acropolis, and incorporating labyrinthine streets and neoclassical architecture. Plaka is known as the “Neighborhood of the Gods” due to its proximity to the Acropolis and its many archaeological sites.
  • Syntagma Square (Constitution Square) is located in central Athens, in front of the Greek Parliament (Old Palace). The Square is named after the Constitution that King Otto was forced to grant to the people, after a popular and military uprising on September 3rd 1843.

    It is the oldest and socially most important square of post-Ottoman Athens, at the epicenter of all commercial activity throughout the nineteenth century.

    Syntagma includes two green areas to the north and south, planted with grass and shade trees, while in the center of the square a large water fountain traditionally hosts the occasionally sighted Syntagma pigeons. The changing of the guard ceremony performed by the Presidential Guard, is conducted in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on the area between the square and parliament.

  • The National Garden is a public park of 15.5 hectares in the center Athens and adding the Zappeion garden it reaches the 28.5 hectares. Until 1974 it was named Royal Garden. It is located directly behind the Greek Parliament building (The Old Palace) and continues to the South to the area where the Zappeion is located, across from the Kalimarmaro Olympic Stadium where the first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896. The Garden also encloses some ancient ruins, tambourines, mosaics, and other features.

    The garden is open to the public from sunrise to sunset. The main entrance is on Leoforos Amalias, the street named after the Queen who envisioned this park. In the National Garden there are a duck pond, a small zoo, a Botanical Museum, a small cafe and a Children’s Library and playground.

  • Monastiraki, (literally little monastery) is a flea market neighborhood in the old town of Athens, part of Plaka district, and is one of the principal shopping districts in the city.

    The area is home to clothing boutiques, souvenir shops, and specialty stores, and is a major tourist attraction for bargain shopping. The area is named after Monastiraki Square, which in turn is named for the Pantanassa church monastery that is located within the square. The main streets of this area are Pandrosou Street and Adrianou Street.

Kallimarmaron or the Panathenaic Stadium is a classical cultural and touristic monument of Greece and one of the most significant monuments not only for Athens, but for the whole Greece. It is one of our city’s most popular touristic attractions and one of Athens’ landmarks.

Its rich history is directly connected to the Modern Olympic Games as from their revival in 1896 until the Athens Olympic Games in 2004. It is also the place from where the Olympic flame sets up its journey to the cities of the Olympic Games, both Winter, Summer and Youth.

The Pnyx, a hill in central Athens, where the ancient Athenians gathered to host their popular assemblies from 507 BC until 404 BC, thus making the hill one of the earliest and most important sites in the creation of democracy.

The Pnyx is located less than 1 kilometer west of the Acropolis and 1.6 km south-west of the centre of modern Athens, Syntagma Square.

The Zappeion is one of the most significant buildings in Athens and its construction has been funded by Evangelo Zappa. It is located in the National Gardens of Athens. This neoclassic building is connected with modern Greece history and today it is generally used for exhibitions, meetings and ceremonies, both official and private.

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