Attractions of Athens

Athens, the capital city of Greece, is a strong symbol of the western civilization. With a history that dates back over 3,000 years ago, Athens boasts of numerous attractions such as:1

1. The Acropolis
Acropolis offers a reminder of the ancient glorious days of Athens. Termed as the “sacred-rock”, it contains three temples all which date back to the 5th century BC. Parthenon is the most emblematic and largest temple in Acropolis thanks to its stunning and unique sculptural details as well as the monumental Doric columns. This awe-inspiring historic site also contains a complex of sanctuaries known as Erechtheion. The Acropolis is even more magnificent during the night where you get to experience an amazing golden view of the architecture under floodlights.

2. National Archaeology Museum
This museum which was established in the nineteenth century is Greece’s biggest archeological museum that hosts one of the most unique antiques in the world. National Archeology Museum is housed inside a beautiful neo-classical building which has a large exhibition space of around 8,000 square-meters. Here, you will find more than 10,000 exhibits which provide the overview of the ancient Greek civilization. There is a sculpture collection, decorative objects and vase collection from Greek’s ancient pottery.

3. The Agora
Agora is a historic ruin that was a marketplace of the ancient Athens. It was a commercial and administrative center where the Greeks used to meet every day. The Agora tou Dimou, a popular civic group that was tasked to carry out decision making used to meet here. Festivals, theater performances, and Athletic events also used to be held here. An interesting feature of Agora is the Royal Stoa, an 18-meter long structure where the seat of King Archon Basileus was located. The Stoa was also used as the trial point of the Socrates.

4. Byzantine Museum
It’s an interesting museum which offers insights of the Byzantine Period. Byzantine Museum features a precious collection of the Byzantine Empire, art, religion, politics among others. There are over 25,000 artifacts which are on display and they include creative masterpieces of icons, beautiful mosaic, textiles, sculptures, paintings etc. The courtyard of this museum has a stunning mosaic floor fragment that was designed in the fifth century.

5. The Plaka Neighborhood
Plaka is one of the most loved attractions of Athens. It’sfound near the Acropolis and it’s renowned for its beautiful winding streets, small restaurants, and shops as well as the amazing local architecture. This neighborhood which is popular with tourists has a village-like feel. The tiny shops found along its street are popular for selling jewelry, local ceramics, and clothes.