Athens – The “old” capital, the city of the cosmopolitan air, the history, the civilization. Athens is the capital and the biggest city in Greece. It is one of the oldest cities of the world, with its registered history getting to 3200 BC. The city which gave birth to democracy, the sciences, the fine arts. The Athens of the ancient civilization – the Parthenon, the Acropolis, the Ancient Market. And at the same time, a contemporary metropolis, a hospitable capital, full of energy. One of the most charming things about Athens is its tense way of life. A city that never sleeps. The heritage of the classical era is still obvious in the city, represented by ancient monuments and works of art, with the Parthenon being the finest. The latter is considered the brightening landmark of the ancient Western civilization. In the city, one can find numerous monuments of the Roman and the Byzantine times and a smaller number of Ottoman ones. In Athens, there are two monuments of a world-wide legacy: UNESCO, the Acropolis and the medieval Convent of Daphni. These sights of a more modern era, which were erected after the city had been baptized the capital of the independent Greek state in 1834, comprise the Greek Parliament (19th century) and the Trilogy of Athens: the National Library, the University and the Academy. Athens hosted the first contemporary Olympic Games in 1896 and 108 years later it welcomed their comeback with the Summer Olympics in 2004. In Athens, one can see the National Archaeological Museum, which disposes of the biggest collection in the world of the ancient Greek antiquities, as well as the new Museum of the Acropolis.
Monastiraki is the old eastern bazaar just right beneath the Parthenon, in the centre of Athens, while, in the same area, the visitors have the chance to view exquisite renovated neo-classical buildings.
Our beloved neighbourhoods
Plaka, just under the Acropolis, is one of the most known districts of Athens. It remains the privileged touristic destination, with taverns, live performances and street vendors. Neighbouring Monastiraki is also known for a range of small shops and markets, for its open market and the taverns. Thission has also got lots of coffee-shops and restaurants, ideally attractive to the inhabitants and the tourists. Metaxourgion is located on the north side of the historical centre of Athens between Kolonos at east and Keramikos at west, northly of Gazi. It got its name from the factory of the silk processing, which was built in the 19th century, when the area was almost uninhabited. After a long period of desertion, there had been efforts to embellish the place.
In a small distance, one can find Psyrris, which is famous for its restaurants and entertaining spots. Gazi has similarly transformed into a district with dining-halls, around a historical gas factory, today found in the form of a cultural multi-area Technopolis, and it comprises of artistic places, cosy clubs, bars and restaurants. Exarchia is another district with cafés, bars and bookshops.
The National Metsovion Polytechnic School and the National Archaeological Museum are found here. There are numerous other important buildings of the 20th century with varying orders: that of neo-classicism, Art Deco and Early Modernism (with the Bauhaus influences). Lastly, Kolonaki is found on the base of Lykavitos hill. It is considered to be one of the richest regions in Athens and it consists of many shops, dining and entertaining places and business offices.
Athens is composed of 148 theatrical stages, number which is bigger than that of any other city in the world. Among the stages are the ancient Conservatory of Herodis Attikos. Archaeological sites, contemporary and classical museums of Art, Gallery and Painting Houses, mineral baths, modern shops, restaurants and bars, street markets and summer cinemas, all long for the visitor of Athens.
The city of surprises welcomes you.
Attention-Translation: Olga Syntrivanis