Athens, Greece

by Sara Hafiz on February 24, 2010

 

 

In Athens, more than 3000 years ago  during the prehistoric times its first inhabitants created their first settlement on the rock of Acropolis. It took hundreds of years until the sacred rock of Acropolis find its glory during the golden age of Pericles 495 – 429 BC with the construction of most of its Monuments like the Parthenon by the famous architects Iktinos and Kallikrates and the Sculptor Phidias.  Finally became the Capital of Greece in 1834 mostly for its location and historical importance.

 

 

 
The Original Olympic Stadium,The Panathinaiko Stadium. Also called Kallimarmaron, is an impressive stadium near the heart of the city.  The Panathinaiko stadium dates back to ancient times, when it was a venue hosting athletic events for the Panathenaic Games. It was originally constructed primarily with wood, receiving an upgrade in 329 BC, when Pentelic marble from the mountains north of Athens was used to renovate the stadium. The name, Kallimarmaron, means “beautifully marbled”. This Athens stadium is a must see!

 

My favorite neighborhood in Athens is Plaka. Plaka used to be called by the Greeks the neighbourhood of the gods, today Plaka is one of the main attractions for the tourists, restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops all can be find here. Anafiotica is also a  must see area just over Plaka and under Acropolis to the east . Plaka is a fun, lively neighborhood in the heart of Athens. Great place for souvenir shopping!  

 

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