When planning that great tour of famous world cities, you can not forget Athens. This is one of those cities that measures their story in the thousands of years rather than the hundreds, so it must be a must see on one of your trips.
Athens is Incredible – Bringing Ancient History to Life
Athens is located in the south of Greece. It is not far from the port of Piraeus, one of the oldest in the country. In fact, Athens history goes back as far as the Greek mythological age, and even the city is named after the Greek goddess Athena. All of the sights and landmarks are named after Greek gods and these mythological figures come to life in the great city of Athens.
Visit the Temples of the Acropolis in Athens First
Your first stop should be to the temple of Hephaestus, it is here that you will stand awestruck by the great artistic ability of the ancient Greeks, even if there are only a few standing statues here. There is just one part of the roof on this structure that has had serious deterioration. From there you can head over to the Parthenon, the most famous of Athens monuments, although this temple is not in as good a condition as that of the temple of Hephaestus. The Parthenon was built in honor of the goddess Athena, the protectress of Athens. It sits high on top of Acropolis and because of it’s location we can tell it was the most impressive of the temples. Both temples make for wonderful photos, and will truly inspired you. They are the one true reminder of the greatness of Greece. You will also want to see the Temple of Zeus. There is not much of the temple left but you can still get a feeling for the elegance and grandness of the temple.
Once you have seen the Acropolis then you want to visit the oldest library in the world which is Hadrians Library. This building now lies in ruins close to the Acropolis. It is believed that the building had other uses too, but we know for a fact that it held important scrolls and documents of the day.
When you tire of this then you want to go toward the theater of Dionysus, which is another very old building here in the city and located close to the Acropolis. This is the best example remaining of the well known open aired Greek theaters. You can just imagine a traditional Greek play taking place here.
Getting to Athens is easy as most international flights arrive in the Athens airport. This way you will soon be visiting some of the most ancient monuments the world has to offer.
**Related Article: Unforgettable Landmarks Found In Athens