Athens is not only one of the best places to visit in Greece but also the capital of the country. Inhabited for over three millennia, Athens is considered the cradle of Western civilization. Besides, it’s one of the best cities to visit in Europe! Among the best things to do in Athens, are the Acropolis, the Acropolis Museum, the Ancient Agora, the Roman Agora, the Library of Hadrian, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Kerameikos Cemetery, the National Archaeological Museum, and the Benaki Museum!
The Ancient Agora of Athens is one of the most important sites in the history of Western civilization. This is because it was the administrative, economic, cultural, and social center of Athens and Ancient Greece! Located northwest of the Acropolis of Athens, the Ancient Agora of Athens comprised several dozen structures and public buildings. Unfortunately, almost all are in ruins these days. But that doesn’t take away from the Ancient Agora of Athens the prestige and relevance of the past!
The Cemetery of Kerameikos is a unique archaeological site in Greece, as it has served as the Greek capital’s cemetery for over 1500 years! The place owes its name to the Greek hero Ceramus, as well as to the ancient potters’ quarter that used to exist here since “kerameikos” means “ceramic” in Greek. Today, the Cemetery of Kerameikos is a complex comprising an open-air archaeological park and a museum, where tombstones and funerary sculptures found during excavations are displayed!
The Temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens is an ancient Greek architectural masterpiece. Also known as Olympieion, this temple was built between the 6th century BC and the 2nd century AD, to honor Zeus (the king of the gods of Olympus). Located southeast of the iconic Acropolis of Athens, the Temple of Olympian Zeus is a monument in ruins, of which only sixteen columns remain. But it was once considered one of the largest and most famous Greek temples in Classical Antiquity!
Greece is one of my favorite countries in the world. For years, I dreamed of the day I would visit it and when I finally booked my flight to Athens, the feeling was incredible! Whether you explore one of the country’s thousands of archipelagos or venture across mainland Greece, there is always much to discover in this territory. From paradisiacal islands and picturesque villages to cosmopolitan cities and thousand-years-old sites, Greece has a unique historical and cultural legacy in the world!
The Acropolis of Athens is one of the most important sites in the history of Western civilization. And although there are other acropolis spread across Greece, the Acropolis of Athens is the most famous in the world. The ancient citadel is located on a rocky plateau in the heart of Athens and is home to the ruins of many classical monuments, of indisputable architectural value. So save this guide of Ancient Greece’s “high city”, which evokes the fascinating mythology of this nation!