Best Historical Sites In Athens
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About Historical Guide In Athens
Athens is all about historical sites and monuments. From the time of the Athenians to the Romans to the Ottomans – the city has been bedecked with one after the other architectures of grandeur. Now in the 21st century, Athens monuments have lost their initial purpose and much of their construction but none of their glory. Their presence is a visible reminder of the remarkable past Athens has seen.
Here are the best of Athens landmark historic sites that make up most of the city’s points of interests.
Acropolis of Athens is literally the centre of all the historic architecture there is in Greece. The elevated ancient citadel atop the highland can be seen from almost everywhere of Athens. It looks over the city like a guardian angel. There are derelict ruins of several old buildings, of which now only some columns and blocks are left. The Parthenon, dedicated to protector and patron goddess Athena, stands at the summit of Acropolis. This historical site in Athens is truly a landmark for the city and a reminiscence of the great civilization that once stood here and is by far the most famous monument in Athens.
2. Panathenaic Stadium
Built by the Romans in 4th century BC, this stadium hosted the Panathenaic Athletic contests. It is not as great or famous as the Games of Olympia, but to imagine an Athens historical site that hosted games in the BC era still stands is exciting. No one knows why the stadium was abandoned. It was put to use again in this era as the stage for the first ever modern Olympic Games in 1896.
3. Ancient Agora
One of the must-visit compounds of Athens, Ancient Agora was once the centre for trade, commerce, public meetings and social gatherings in Athens. Now it is a notable ancient Athens landmark. Eminent personalities like Socrates and Aristotle presided over debates here. The Stoa of Attalos, the Museum of the Ancient Agora and Temple of Hephaestus are the main attraction sites in the Agora, other than the main courtyard itself.
4. Odeon of Herodes Atticus
Odeon of Herodes Atticus is an ancient theatre built by a Roman man of the same name, in memory of his deceased wife. It had natural acoustic capacities of exceptional quality and a seating capacity of 5000 people. This is one of the historical landmarks in Athens, Greece which is still functional. The Odeon hosts the Athens Festival of theatre, music and dance and lots of festivities.
Areopagus is a giant outcropping of a rock in the northwest of Acropolis. But it has great significance. The legend is that the rock was used for holding courts for crimes like homicide, wounding, arson and other matters. But what it is best known for is the trial of Ares, the son of Zeus and Hera for the alleged murderer of Halirrhothius, the son of Poseidon – the sea god.
6. Temple of Olympian Zeus
Temple of Olympian Zeus is the largest of the historical places in Athens. Dedicated to the King of Gods, this temple took nearly 700 years to be built. There were once a hundred marble columns in the majestic temple that matches the grandeur of its deity. But now only 15 or 16 of the columns are only standing.
The Agora In Athens
Agora in Greek stands for the marketplace or a meeting place. The Agora in ancient Greek city-states was central public space that was the soul of the city-state. The general populace mingled and interacted in the Agora while the statesmen met for policy making. Vendors put up stalls and artists performed for the crowd. The...
Theatre Of Dionysus
The theatre of Dionysus is considered to be the world’s first theatre. As the name goes, the theatre itself is dedicated to the Greek god Dionysus, the god of wine. The theatre was built around 6th century BC and renovated in the 4th century BC to accommodate a total of 17000 spectators. The theatre underwent modernization ...
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Athens is famous for its 3 hills. And, the Acropolis along with the most famous Parthenon is one amongst the hills.
As weather during the spring and fall season is pleasant, the best time to visit Athens are from March to May and September to November.
One will need a 220 V plug to use appliances like hair dryer and electric curlers in Athens.
Now a days, one can conveniently carry credit cards for transactions. Other than that, currency exchange is available at various banks and exchange counters across the city.
Yes, Athens is completely safe for those who plan to travel solo. People are welcoming and make travellers feel at home.
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