Athens is the capital and the largest city of Greece. Located on the plain of Attica, along the shores of the Aegean Sea, the city of Athens is one of the oldest cities of the world. It is the cradle of Western civilization and represents the political, economic and cultural centre of the country. Lively and cosmopolitan, with a rich cultural past and a tumultuous history, Athens is currently one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.
Visit of Athens
The Parthenon, located on the Acropolis of Athens, is a building that has been fully realized in pentelic marble. It was built to house a sculpture of Phidias, representing Athena Parthenos, the goddess of war and wisdom, and patron of the city of Athens. The Parthenon was built between 447 and 438 before Christ, and it is undoubtedly the most famous Greek monuments.
The Ancient Agora of Athens was one of the main squares of the city in antiquity. As a convivial and gathering place, it was a strategic point of the city, where numerous shops were located and passer-by going. Over time, the Agora became a simple neighbourhood of the city. Nowadays, it is a very important archaeological and tourist site.
The Roman Agora is the second agora of Athens and was established during Roman era. As the Agora of Athens, it is located north of the Acropolis, in Plaka neighbourhood. Its construction took place between 19 and 11 before Christ. It is possible to admire the ruins and remains of several buildings while still stands the Tower of the Winds to the west side of the square.
The Theatre of Dionysus is a theatre of ancient Greece located south of the Acropolis. Each year, this theatre, built in the 5th century before Christ, held the Dionysia, religious festivities dedicated to Dionysus, the god of wine.
Athens, a cultural centre
The city of Athens was considered the cultural centre of the country in many disciplines. Its perception and vision have influenced the country as well as the Roman world and the West. History, politics, philosophy, architecture, theatre and art are all disciplines in which Athens has played a key role.
Must do in Athens
- To stroll in Plaka neighbourhood, one of the most bustling area of the city
- To have lunch or diner in a typical Greek taverna
- To go to the top of Lycabettus Hill to enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of Athens
- To bargain hunt in Monastiraki
- To have a walk in Exarcheia, known for its alternative side, its music stores and bookstores.
- To have a walk in the chic neighbourhood of Kolonaki
- To go to the central market of Athens