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mild climate
flat surrounding area

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international airport

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GPS: 37.9833, 23.7333
Altitude: 100 m
Last update: 2012-10-21 20:06:53

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 Aura: 78Reviews: 122011-08-24 10:00:59
Athens is the capital of Greece . It is situated on the Attica peninsula. It is both a modern metropolis and a birthplace of philosophy, democracy and European culture. Athens is also the only place in Europe where the antics is still omnipresent. Art and culture of Athens were admired by the Romans, the English, the French and the German and all of them copied it in their own cultures.


Athens was colonised in the 3rd millennium BC. Culturally and politically the city blossomed during the reign of Pericles. In the next century, Athens was still important but without the political power. In the Middle Ages, the Byzantine trading paths already led the other way and during the Turkish hegemony the city became insignificant. It was not until 1834 when King Oto I made Athens the capital.

Tourist Destinations

The civic centre of Athens is the ancient Agora. The Acropolis, symbol and dominant of Athens, was a religious centre and a fortress. Other notable sights include the Parthenon Temple, the Erechtheum with Caryatids and the Dionysus theatre which is the oldest one in the world.Very popular are The Arch of Hadrian, the Olympieion Temple and Zappeion Park where exhibitions are being held. The archaeological museum on the Acropolis hill is among the most beautiful museums in the world with its antique artifacts. Important collections can be also found in the Army Museum and Byzantine Museum. The Old Cathedral from the 12th century and Kapnikarea from the 11th century were preserved from the Byzantine era. Newly built city gardens with fountains and antique statues are the only whole green area of Athens.

Modern Centre

The Syntagma Square is the heart of modern Athens and many shops, taverns and boutiques can be found here. Everything is presented in the typical, lively Greek way. Athens is renowned for its night life. Locals like to go out and staying up all night is a part of their life. Most of the bars, discos and clubs are opened until morning hours.
The Olympics were held twice in Athens, in 1896 and in 2004.

Practical Information

Athens has its own airport, harbour and three metro lines. The city transport consists of a tram network, 4000 buses and 14,000 taxis.

Cities around

AthensPireus (9km)Rafina (24km)Thiva (52km)

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