Plaka is the oldest neighbourhood of Athens. Walking on its paved narrow streets you get the feeling that you are travelling back in time. Anafiotika, built in the mid 19th century on the foothills of the Acropolis, has the charm of a beautiful island village. After drifting through the area, taste an exquisite preset plate of greek food and delis at a traditional local tavern
Dionyssiou Aeropagitou Str is one of the most impressive streets of Athens, offering an extraordinary view of the southern slope of the Acropolis, where some of the city’s most significant monuments stand. Most of the buildings on one side of the road facing south were constructed in the late 19th century and the early 20th century in the neoclassical or modernist style.
Following the construction of the temple of Zeus, the Athenians, in 131 AD, in honour of Emperor Hadrian, built an arch on the northwestern perimeter of the temple. The monument is 18m tall and 13m wide while the arch is built of Pentelic marble.
Theatre of Dionysos
This is the most ancient theatre of the world, the Theatre of Dionysos. In this theatre, the most famous ancient Greek poets, Aeschylus, Aristophanes, Euripides, and Sophocles saw premiere performances of their plays in the 5th century BC.
Stoa of Eumenes
Above the theatre is the Stoa of Eumenes, which was built by the King of Pergamum, Eumenes II in the 2nd century BC. The arch provided shelter to theatregoers in case of bad weather or shade from the sun.
The archaeological area of the ancient Agora is located on the foothills of the Acropolis, near Thission Metro Station. In antiquity, the Agora was not solely a commercial centre. It was also an important political, cultural and religious center.
It is situated north of the Roman Agora (the entrance is on 3 Areos Str). It is a rectangular building measuring 122mx82m with a Corinthian propylon on the west side. It was built by Roman emperor Hadrian in 132 A.D.
The Roman Agora (in the Plaka area) was an architectural complex, built between 19 and 11 B.C., consisting of a large rectangular court surrounded by colonnades (stoas). Behind the stoas were various shops.
Stoa of Attalus
The Stoa of Attalus, a twofloor building, was donated by the King of Pergamum Attalus II (159-138 BC) to the city of Athens. It is thought to have been a kind of ancient commercial center with 21 shops on each floor.
The Olympieion includes the sanctuary (temple) of Olympian Zeus, Roman baths, classical houses as well as a section of the ancient city’s fortification wall. According to the geographer Pausanias, the temple of Olympian Zeus was founded by Deukalionas, a mythical ancestor of the Greeks.
The Acropolis is the symbol of Athens, the sacred rock, linking the fabulous ancient civilization with the modern city. The monuments on the Sacred Rock date back to the prehistoric era and antiquity. The grandeur and beauty of the Sacred Rock attract Greek and foreign visitors.
New Acropolis Museum
It houses priceless finds from the Acropolis monuments that represent its history and function as the most important religious center of ancient Athens.
Odeion of Herodes Atticus
The Odeion of Herodes Atticus was built in 161 AD by the wealthy Herodes Tiberius Claudius Atticus, a teacher and philosopher, who inherited a fortune from his father. Ancient Greeks organised events in the Odeion.
Temple of Hephaistos
It is the best-preserved temple of antiquity. It was built in 460-415 BC. In the temple stood the statues of Hephaistos and Athena, thought to have been sculpted by Alkamenes.
The ancient Kerameikos was located in the northwestern outskirts of Athens. It was partly enclosed by, and partly beyond, the walls that divide the area of the excavation. In the center of the archaeological site are the two best known arches of ancient Athens.
The former Gas works is at the center of the neighbourhood. It has to a large extent maintained the colour of a historic Athens neighbourhood. You will find cafes, bars and luxury restaurants, popular among Athenians, in a multitude of old, picturesque buildings.
You will be amazed at the variety of authentic dishes and delis that you can enjoy at a local greek tavern, all cooked with traditional recipies and under the strict supervision of the tavern owner. The surrounding atmosphere is also amazing. Go ahead, spoil your taste buds
Vasilissis Sofias Avenue
One of the main Athens roads, cutting through the city center and always packed with traffic. Enjoy the urban buildings on either side of the avenue
A busy commercial road, linking Omonoia square to Syntagma square, with lots of posh or neo-classical buildings, shops and malls.
Herodou Attikou Street
Herodou Attikou Street is named after the ancient Athenian rhetorician, magnate and major benefactor of the Roman era, Herodes Atticus. The tree-lined one-way street runs from north (Vasilissis Sofias Avenue) to south (Vasileos Konstantinou Avenue). It is, by far, the most expensive piece of housing real estate in Greece and one of the most expensive in Europe
Street view to Acropolis
Walk along the streets surrounding the Acropolis, do some actual shopping, enjoy your coffee in one of the numerous cafes, or just stroll along and absorb the local vibes
Monastiraki flea market
The variety of stuff and merchandise that you can find here is amazing, ranging from antiques, bargain books, leather goods, clothes, jewellery, small furniture, and various bits-and-pieces. Enjoy the hustle and bustle, and discover goodies at amazingly low prices
Old street in Plaka
Pláka (Greek: Πλάκα) 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 built on top of the residential areas of the ancient town of Athens. It is known as the "Neighborhood of the Gods"
Athens Gazi for a drink
Gazi eighborhood of surrounds the old Athens gasworks, which is the industrial museum and exhibition space "Technopolis", widely known as Gazi, next to Keramikos and close to the Acropolis. Over the years, numerous garages, paint shops, tinsmiths and spare parts shops opened up in the area
Shopping in Athens
Modern day Athens continues the fine ancient tradition. With its bustling markets, high-end stores, boutiques and department stores, Athens is a truly grand shopping voyage
Ermou Street shopping
Ermou is the most popular shopping street in Athens. Starting close to the Parliament at Syntagma Square, Ermou is a pedestrian street, full of clothing and shoes stores. From the most known retailers such as Zara or H&M to smaller shops, Ermou Street is a shopping heaven. The street is very busy during the whole day. In case you get hungry, street vendors will offer you fried corn and traditional Greek food, such as “spanakopita” (spinach pie)
A very special, authentic experience which you can have in Athens is Greek live music. There are small. Humble spots which continue the tradition of the good rebetika music. There are also clubs with young Greek singers. In this case the night is intense, the audience is passionate and stays up all night, the scenic presence of the singers is impressive and a lot of times reaches extreme heights, with people dancing on the tables and throwing flowers to the artists
Plaka is a great favorite with visitors to Athens and also with Athenians, who enjoy the simple pleasure of a family outing, especially on weekends. Dining in Plaka is always a pleasurable experience and many restaurants are located in old mansions, cool gardens, romantic terraces
Picturesque coffee shop
It is virtually impossible to select the best coffee shops in Athens, given the wide selection on offer. Big and crowded cafeterias on a square, plus small and cozy bars hidden in small alleys are scattered all over the place. All the numerous specialty coffee shops have that "little something" which make them stand out
Greek food spreads its culinary influence throughout Europe and beyond. It is known as some of the best food in the world! With an age old tradition, Greek cuisine has been greatly influenced by both Eastern and Western cultures. Fresh vegetables, fishes & seafoods play a significant role in the dishes mostly because of its long coastline while meat is treated as less popular, with the exception of lamb
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Athens - what Wikipedia says
Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece. Athens dominates the Attica region and is one of the world's oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning around 3,400 years, and the earliest human presence around the 11th–7th centuries BC. Classical Athens was a powerful city-state that emerged in conjunction with the seagoing development of the port of Piraeus. A centre for the arts, learning and philosophy, home of Plato's Academy and Aristotle's Lyceum, it is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy, largely because of its cultural and political impact on the European continent and in particular the Romans. In modern times, Athens is a large cosmopolitan metropolis and central to economic, financial, industrial, maritime, political and cultural life in Greece. In 2015, Athens was ranked the world's 29th richest city by purchasing power and the 67th most expensive in a UBS study.
Athens is recognised as a global city because of its geo-strategic location and its importance in shipping, finance, commerce, media, entertainment, arts, international trade, culture, education and tourism. It is one of the biggest economic centres in southeastern Europe, with a large financial sector, and its port Piraeus is the largest passenger port in Europe, and the second largest in the world. The municipality (City) of Athens had a population of 664,046 (in 2011, 796,442 in 2004) within its administrative limits, and a land area of 39 km2 (15 sq mi). The urban area of Athens (Greater Athens and Greater Piraeus) extends beyond its administrative municipal city limits, with a population of 3,090,508 (in 2011) over an area of 412 km2 (159 sq mi). According to Eurostat in 2004, the Athens Larger Urban Zone (LUZ) was the 7th most populous LUZ in the European Union (the 5th most populous capital city of the EU), with a population of 4,013,368. Athens is also the southernmost capital on the European mainland.
The heritage of the classical era is still evident in the city, represented by ancient monuments and works of art, the most famous of all being the Parthenon, considered a key landmark of early Western civilization. The city also retains Roman and Byzantine monuments, as well as a smaller number of Ottoman monuments.
Athens is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Acropolis of Athens and the medieval Daphni Monastery. Landmarks of the modern era, dating back to the establishment of Athens as the capital of the independent Greek state in 1834, include the Hellenic Parliament (19th century) and the Athens Trilogy, consisting of the National Library of Greece, the Athens University and the Academy of Athens. Athens was the host city of the first modern-day Olympic Games in 1896, and 108 years later it welcomed home the 2004 Summer Olympics. Athens is home to the National Archeological Museum, featuring the world's largest collection of ancient Greek antiquities, as well as the new Acropolis Museum.