Do your holiday plans have you traveling to Greece within the next year? If so, there are many historical and cultural sights here that will broaden your horizons during your time here.
When you go culture hunting in Athens, don’t neglect to check out the following attractions and highlights…
1) Acropolis and Parthenon of Athens
No tour of Athens can conclude without seeing either the Acropolis or Parthenon, so if you have limited time, be sure to get these two out of the way first so you can focus on other things afterward.
The Acropolis was a fortress built in the Late Bronze Age to protect ancient Athens from external threats from across the Mediterranean.
Contained within its fortified embrace are several buildings of significant cultural importance, the most prominent of which is the Parthenon.
Dedicated to the goddess Athena, the Parthenon contains some of the most important symbols of Ancient Greek art within its crumbling facade, making it a must visit for any visitor to Athens.
2) National Archaeological Museum
While these buildings are impressive enough on their own for being well over 2,000 years old, virtually all artifacts have been removed from these world heritage sites.
While some has been shuttled abroad to venues like the British Museum, many of these irreplaceable items can be found in the National Archaeological Museum. From prehistory to the Late Antiquity period, the world’s richest collection of Greek artifacts can be found here.
3) Ancient Agora of Classical Athens
Many are aware that the system of governance present in ancient Athens has served as an antecedent for democracy as we know it today, but if you are looking for where it all went down in those days, make certain that you visit the Ancient Agora of Classical Athens.
It was here where public debates on important matters were held, but also where market items were sold and certain athletic competitions were had. A small museum on site contains a number of artifacts that were excavated from this specific site, which includes pieces of clay pottery, glass, and loose coins.
4) Panathenaic Stadium
As mentioned earlier, some sporting events were held at the Agora in those days, but the bigger athletic competitions were hosted at the Panathenaic Stadium during the days of the Ancient Olympic Games.
When the time came to re-start the Modern Olympics, the old stadium was refurbished, and opened in time to host track events for the 1896 event.