Athens Top 10 Tourist Attractions

Athens Top 10 Tourist Attractions: Capital of Modern Greek, one of the most ancient cities in the world, this city has lots of places which present the past civilization about 3000 B.C, people who love history than this city is ONE the best place to visit.

Here are the Athens Top 10 Tourist Attractions to see

However Athens does have more than top 10 places to see but if tourist have a short time than first place to see are listed below which according to feedback from the visited people are the top places in this city.

 

1.     The Parthenon Temple

The Parthenon TempleBuilt in 447 B.C by famous designer sculptor Phidiassculptor, to honor the god Athena Parthenos, the patron of Athens, against protecting the city from wars and other disaster, temple locates at the hill of acropolis and from there people can see all the city at one eye shot, absolutely amazing view from here, in addition the famous statue of Athena in this temple also known as elephant ivory and gold.

2.    Plaka

Plaka5Plaka is located near to acropolis, it’s like a island than village in the city and it represents the greek ancient culture from social perspective streets, trees, cafes bars and nightlife, in additions famous for food lots of restaurants that provides a unique taste of food and culture in it, lots of historical places in there such as Jewish Museum, Folk-Art Museum and Saita Taverna.

3.    Temple of Olympian Zeus

the-temple-of-olympian-zeusAnother Greek landmark made on the honor of king of gods Zeus, started in 6th century B.C and took 7 centuries for completion of temple, one of the most amazing view to watch this place.

4.    Syntagma Square

Syntagma SquareAthens another popular place located at the centre of Athens also called as constitution square, people can find anything from there such as restaurants, hotels and cafes, in addition most famous streets of Greek that represent ancient civilization also find it from there.

Athens Top 10 Tourist Attractions

5.    National Archaeological Museum

National Archaeological MuseumVisitors should have to see this place once visit Athens otherwise the tour would be worthless, this museum is one of the greatest museum around the world it contains large amount of artifacts and antiques that represent ancient history.

6.     Mount Lycabettus

mountLycabettus stands high above Athens, commanding a clear view across the Attica basin and the Aegean. Facing the viewing platform is Agios Georgios, the tiny white-stuccoed chapel of St. George. There is also a superb café, although prices match the altitude.

7.    Agora: Ruins of the Ancient Marketplace

agoraThe ancient Agora was the marketplace and the center of everyday life in ancient Athens. For an impressive view of the Agora from afar, head to the north wall of the Acropolis or the roads from the Areopagus. The best place to enter the Agora is at the north gate off Adrianoú Street (near the Church of Saint Philip). The Greek word “Agora” means to “gather and orate,” indicating that this site was a location of public speaking. The Agora was a place of administration and commerce as well as the meeting place of the Agora tou Dimou, a civic decision-making group.

8.    Church of the Holy Apostles

church-holy-apostles-antigua-agora-atenasOn the site of the ancient Agora, the Church of the Holy Apostles was the only building left standing when this entire quarter of Athens was demolished to excavate the Agora archaeological site. Built in the 10th century, the church stands above a nymphaion (sacred spring).

9.    Hadrian’s Arch

athens-hadrians-archThis triumphal arch was erected in the 2nd century AD in honor of the Roman emperor Hadrian. The arch stands within walking distance of Syntagma Square. It was probably constructed before Hadrian’s visit to Athens on 131/132AD. The arch was constructed spanning an ancient road which led from the ancient city center where the Agra and Acropolis stand to the Olympieion and southeast Athens.

10.  Theater of Dionysos

dsc06257The Odeion of Herodes Atticus is named after the man who financed its construction around 160-174AD. The Piraeus limestone structure was covered with marble and had a cedar wood roof. The 81 meter wide semi-circle of audience seats (cavea) appears to have been cut out of the surrounding natural rock and could at one time seat 5,500. The audience looks onto the orchestra (the floor in front of the stage where the chorus would stand) and onto the stage.

Athens Top 10 Tourist Attractions

 

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