«… but our city, at the command of Zeus, and cares of the immortal gods, will never be destroyed, just so generous benefactor, the daughter of a powerful father, Pallas Athena stretched her hands over him …» Solon

Athens — the capital of Greece , is located in the central part of the country and its political, economic and cultural center. The city was founded about 3500 thousand years ago and has experienced its highest flowering about 4-5 centuries BC, when
Athens became the center of the ancient Greece classical culture, which so greatly influenced the development of Western civilization. It is connected with Athens such names as Pericles, Socrates, Plato, Aeschylus, Hippocrates, Aristotle, Sophocles laid the foundations of modern democracy, theater, medicine and art.

Photos of Athens

Athens Acropolis

Athens Acropolis

Athens. Church

Hill Lycabettus

The Center is located around the Acropolis of Athens (see map of Athens), which together with areas of Monastiraki, Plaka, Sintagma Square is tourist center of Athens. All the monuments are situated on the small distances from each other, which makes it possible to sightseeing the city by foot.

Athens. Arch of Hadrian

Athens. Guardsman

Athens. University

Athens. University2

However Athens has a well-developed transport infrastructure. The public transport system of Athens consists of trolleys, buses, trams and metro. To move on to Athens on a private transport is a little problematic, especially in the city center. You can easily get Piraeus (the Athens eternal companion) by using the metro.

In nowadays the population of Athens is more than 3.5 million; it’s about a third of the total population of Greece.

Shopping in Athens

In Athens, you can buy any products — from local craft masters to well-known brands with a worldwide reputation. Malls of Athens are located in the areas of Monastiriaki, Syntagma and Omonia square.

Opening hours of shops — usually from 8 to 14 and from 17:30 to 20:30.

Leisure in Athens

In Athens, there is a huge number of clubs, cinemas, discos, sports grounds. Especially Athens leads in the number of activities taking place outdoors. For example, as part of the annual Athens Festival, which lasts all summer, you can enjoy by the leading opera and ballet bodies, orchestras and theater groups from around the world. Performances take place on the stage very well-preserved theater of Herodes in Attica, on the southern slope of the Acropolis.

Athens. Tram

Athens. Botanic Garden

Read more: Acropolis , Around the Acropolis , Temple of Zeus , Monastiraki National Archaeological Museum , Botanical Garden

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