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ABOUT ATHENS
POPULAR TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
ACROPOLIS OF ATHENS The most important and magnificent sanctuary of Ancient Athens built on a rock in the center of the city. Its most impressive buildings (Parthenon, Erechteion, Temple of Athena Nike) are still adored as high points of architecture and artistic creation.
ANCIENT AGORA (ANCIENT MARKET) A site northwest of Acropolis that was the administrative, political, economic, philosophical, social and educational center of Ancient Athens since the 6th century BC.
NEW ACROPOLIS MUSEUM With an exhibition space of about 14,000 m2, 10 times more than the Old Acropolis Museum, the work of Bernard Tschumi Architects with Michael Fotiadis houses archaeological finds spanning Archaic, Classic and Roman times.
​PLAKA AREA The most picturesque neighborhood of Athens, built in the roots of the Sacred Rock of Acropolis. It has many well-preserved old buildings and a plethora of shops, taverns and coffee places.
​HERODION ODEON AND THEATER A ROMAN ODEON (conservatory) and theater built by Herodes Atticus in the 2nd century AD. In modern times, the works for its reconstruction have begun during king Otto’s reign (mid 19th century) and were completed in the ‘50s. Since then it houses important artistic events and every summer is the focal point of the annual Festival of Athens, which is one of the most important cultural events in Greece.
SYNTAGMA (CONSTITUTION) SQUARE Named after the revolt of 1843 that forced king Otto to pass the first ever Constitution of modern Greece. The main attraction in the square is the Monument of Unknown Soldier honoring all dead Greek soldiers whose bodies were never found, which is guarded by the Presidential Guards of Evzones.
NATIONAL ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM The greatest museum of Greece and one of the most important museums of the world with more that 11,000 items in exhibition spanning many millennium, from prehistoric times to late antiquity.
MONASTIRAKI AREA (literary meaning little monastery) An area that was famous for its flea market and antiquarian shops. Today it is a bustling area with many tourist and high street shops.
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