Athens-an abode of history, faith and art!
What’s the first thing that strikes your mind when you hear ‘Greece’? For most people, it’s definitely the whole range of Greek Gods. Their diversified faiths and beliefs speak about the rich culture and history that drips from the Greek sky. One such striking epitome of beauty and art is the largest city of Greece- Athens. The capital of the country and one of the largest and busiest ports in the entire world, this city is one great mollusc preserving some of the most priceless places to perceive and treat your souls with. When you come here, make sure you comprehend beyond the ruins, find beauty in the broken monuments and most importantly, listen to stories that have shaped Athens into the city that it is today! Here, I suggest you 5 best things that you can do while you’re trip to this extraordinary city:
The Acropolis- The crown of Athens
The Acropolis of Athens is more than just a tourist site. It is a remnant of the people who first inhabited Athens and civilised it. Initially, the Acropolis was more specifically named as the Cecropia, after a legendary serpent-man, Cecrops, who was believed to be the first king of ancient Athens. Mounted on the top of the city, the Acropolis is witness to some of the most magnificent works of architecture which resemble a blend of the culture of the then inhabitants and their extraordinary skill sets. One such famed work of art is the Parthenon. If you’re someone who is fascinated by tales of the past then, the Athens’ Acropolis is somewhere you cannot miss out on as the earliest artefacts retrieved from this gem of a place date back to the middle Neolithic Era, so you get to hear a whole bunch of tales of the Archaic to the Hellenistic and Roman period and not-to-forget the Byzantine, Latin and Ottoman period.
The Propylaia, the Erechtheion and the Temple of Athena Nike are some other architectural wonders that you can see here. Lastly, don’t forget to visit the Acropolis museum at 15 Dionysiou Areopagitou Street just beneath the crown of Athens which is home to some ancient and striking collection of Greek art and artefacts.
Olympieion: Temple of Olympian Zeus
If you’re an avid follower of Olympics then, this is definitely a place you cannot miss out on. Started in the 6th Century BC and named after the great ‘Olympian’ God, Zeus, this temple was envisioned to be the largest temple of the ancient world. Once a witness to 104 colossal columns and home to the largest cult statues in the world, the Olympieion was seriously damaged during a barbarian attack that invaded the city of its skill and glory. But, as you can comprehend today, it has risen and withstood every obstacle that came in its time travel and is a sheer example of resistance and emotions of its builders gushing through its numerous carved pillars that represent strength. A visit here would be ever more worth it if you check out the ruins of Themistocles that consist the Roman baths situated near by to the Temple of Olympian Zeus.
National Archaeology Museum-A blast in the past
If you’ve ever been fascinated by history and love discovering the past then, this is surely a place you cannot afford to miss on. The national archaeology museum is a visual representation of the great history and the diverse culture of the Greeks. It was founded in the 19th century and never failed to amuse the people who’ve visited there with its great antiques. It is a manifest of rare masterpieces and it shows the complete picture of the ancient Greeks and their various interests.
They have various collections to exhibit in the museum with over 11,000 exhibits to provide an overview of the Greek civilization, like the prehistoric collection which displays the antiques from the sixth millennium BC to 1050 BC. Isn’t it fascinating to see stuff from the time you didn’t even know existed? Who would want to miss this?
Then, the sculpture collection is definitely a treat to the eye. It contains all the rare masterpieces and Greek sculptures from the sixth century BC to fifth century BC. Coming next is the vase and decorative collection all the way from the 11th century BC up until the classic Roman period, it displays the pottery collection and all the beautifully hand-crafted decorative items. If you want to discover more about the Greek civilization then this place should surely be on your bucket list when you visit Athens.
Panathenaic Stadium & Olympic Stadium-The temple for sport lovers
This place is a must-visit for those who call themselves ‘sports lover’. Located in the Ardettos Hill, Athens, this stadium is the replica of the original one which was rebuilt for the Olympic games of 1898, with a seating capacity of over 60,000 of spectators and one of the main historic attractions of Athens, as it is the only stadium in the world which is entirely built out of marble.
The Panathenaic stadium bears a lot of history within itself. It hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the first Olympics and was the venue for 4 of the 9 contested sports. Moreover, the 204-meter-long, finely designed race tracks is a perfect representation of its fine architecture.
The Charming Neighbourhoods of Pláka and Anafiotika-An oasis in the bustling heart of Athens
Streets surrounded by beautiful smelling bougainvillea’s and the unending passageway of the mysterious yet magical village leading you to a whole new world of the pleasant village ambience is the best thing you can get out of your trip to Athens. This place has numerous restaurants and mini cafes with the traditional Greek food which you enjoy along with the terrace view of the village.
Whilst Athens is the heart and capital of Greece, this fantastic country has so much to offer. If you’re looking for something different why not visit one of the incredible Greek islands like Crete or Corfu.