Athens – The Heart of Greece
Athens is the heart and soul of Greece. The city of Athens is filled with various museums, temples, beaches, and places to shop. You could spend days in Athens and still not have enough time to visit all of the great tourist spots it has to offer. Many never tire of visiting this historical city again and again. If you’re headed to Europe, make sure a trip to Athens is on the agenda. Here is our rundown of the must-see places in Athens :
After first setting foot in Athens, Acropolis should be the first place on your agenda. Before reaching this wonderful view, be sure to prepare yourself for the long walk up to this hill. Being one of the highest points in Athens, the top will provide you an amazing skyline. Don’t forget to visit the Parthenon. This magnificent temple was built to replace the Temple of Athena which was destroyed after the Persian invasion in 480BC. The temple’s decorative columns and beautiful sculptures are a brilliant example of Greek architecture. The temple still stands today mainly due to the restoration efforts of the people of Athens and the historians throughout the world.
The Acropolis Museum is situated at the top of the Acropolis. Housing the unearthed treasures in Acropolis, this museum has been the resting place of thousands of historical artifacts that were found in and near the Acropolis. The Acropolis Museum has many rooms to accommodate a large collection of statues and paintings. On your trip to Athens, we highly recommend visiting the Acropolis Museum to view the collection of ancient artifacts on display.
National Archaeological Museum
Considered as one of the greatest museums in the world, Athens is home to the National Archaeological Museum. The National Archeological Museum in Athens houses many art collection scattered in key sections and divided in numerous collections starting with the prehistoric up to the eastern antiquities.
Agora is defined as an open space for gathering or sometime a market place. This Ancient Agora had been the public place for meetings of the councils in ancient times. Though not as magnificent as the other tourist spots in Athens, it has its own historical events and architectural designs that proves to marvel visiting tourists.
Temple of Poseidon
Situated at the Cape of Sounion, this magnificent temple was once used by Athenians to show worship to the Poseidon, the God of the Sea. Posedion was feared for his anger which could a storm in the blink of an eye. Long ago, the temple had 42 columns but only 14 exist today. A view of the sunset over the Aegean Sea will end an excursion to Athens on a memorable note.
Tourists are fascinated by the wonderful history that Athens has to offer. Many are drawn to the Plaka or the “neighborhood of the Gods” This is a famous tourist spot because this place houses many gift shops and jewelry stores.
Have you been to any of the places on our list? What did you think?
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