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Athens: A Gem of the Ancient World

Athens is one of the oldest cities and a favorite destination of art and history lovers. Referred to as ‘The Cradle of Civilization’ Athens established the first democracy in the 6th century BC. The Greek capital is also the birthplace of very important thinkers and philosophers. Plato, who is credited with starting the first school for higher education, is most probably the most famous among them. Also Aristotle, the father of western Philosophy and student of Plato, lived in Athens. The Athenian school of thought also influenced the beginning of the Italian Renaissance. As Athens is one of the most famous tourists’ destinations worldwide, here are some places to visit that will enhance the trip experience for art lovers.

1. The Parthenon

Acropolis at Night

The Parthenon stands on top of the Acropolis, which means ‘Edge of the city’. This famous building was built by Iktinos and Callicrates from 447 BC to 432 BC. Moreover, It was dedicated to the goddess Athena. In this ancient place, philosophers discussed democracy, freedom of thought and the universe. Parthenon is the most famous building in Athens, so expect huge crowds. Finally, we advice you to buy your tickets online and in advance.

2. The Archeological Museum

The Archeological Museum of Athens

Besides the fact that ‘The Archeological Museum of Athens’ is the largest museum in Greece, it is also one of the most famous museums worldwide to host ancient Greek art. It opened its doors at the end of the 19th century. It hosts antiquities from all over Greece and displays their cultural and artistic value. And why you should visit this museum, you ask? Because with a huge collection of vases, statues, glass and metal objects, not only from Greece, but also from Egypt, you will be able to see a big part of the ancient world. The collection is displayed between two floors and in various exhibition halls.

3. Benaki Museum

Benaki Museum

A one stop walkthrough of Greek History and Art from the prehistoric era, up to the 20th century. The collection was cultivated by Antonis Benakis, a wealthy cotton merchant, in memory of his father Emmanuel Benakis.Moreover, housed in the original Benaki family mansion, it is an impressive neoclassical building and one of the few that survived the architectural post-war destruction. Adding to that, the building is located in one of the busiest locations in Athens and has a beautiful setting.

4. Odeon of Herodes Atticus

a concert preperation at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus

If you are lucky enough, when you travel to Athens, you will be able to attend a concert in this location. The ancient amphitheater is famous not only for its history, but also for the acoustic it provides. It is situated right at the base of Acropolis. This means that if you plan your trip well, you can visit both places in one day. Not only greek musician and performers, but also performers from all around the world have had gigs at this venue. We recommend you to get the experience of a live performance here as soon as you can.

5. Plaka and Monastiraki


If you want to take a break during your tour, or have a coffee under the shade, this is the perfect place. You will find Plaka and Monastiraki in one of the busiest areas of Athens. Except small picturesque cafes, Plaka will also give you a view of some Athenian street art. Graffitis, street artists and crafts are some of the things that will catch your eye.

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