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Athens • Top Attractions
Best things to do in Athens, Greece

✍️ Athens is the home of the western civilization with stunning places to visit, full of surprises and lot of excitement waiting or you around downtown in every corner of the old ancient city.

Athens Top Attractions
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Lily's Tips:
Best Attractions to visit:

The monuments, the museums, the neighborhoods, the hidden treasures

✍️ The name of Athens, connected to the name of its patron goddess Athena, originates from an earlier Pre-Greek language.
The origin myth explaining how Athens acquired this name through the legendary contest between Poseidon and Athena was described by Herodotus, Apollodorus, Ovid, Plutarch, Pausanias and others.
It even became the theme of the sculpture on the west pediment of the Parthenon.
Both Athena and Poseidon requested to be patrons of the city and to give their name to it, so they competed with offering the city one gift each.
Poseidon produced a spring by striking the ground with his trident, symbolizing naval power.

• Situated in southern Europe, Athens became the leading city of Ancient Greece in the first millennium BC, and its cultural achievements during the 5th century BC laid the foundations of Western civilization.

Top Attractions in the city of Athens:

1. The Acropolis hill with the Parthenon temple, Philipappous hill and the Herodium stadium,

2. The Acropolis Museum,

3. The Plaka old neighbourhood, Monastiraki area and the Psirri neighbourhood,

4. The National Archaeological Museum,

5. The Panathenaic Stadium,

6. The Ancient Agora of Athens known also as The Roman Market with the Stoa of Attalos and the Temple of Hephaestus.
The Agora, the commercial and social centre of the city, lay about 400 m (1,312 ft) north of the Acropolis, in what is now the Monastiraki district,

7. The Temple of Olympian Zeus,

8. The Syntagma Square in front of the Greek Parliament with the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier,

9. The Varvakios Agora, the Athens Central Meat, Fish and Spices Market,

10. Ermou street, Kolonaki square and Lycabetus hill,

11. The renovated National Galery also know as Alexandros Soutsos Museum:
• Visit its official site here for more information

12. Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounio,

13. Stavros Niarchos Cultural Foundation Center

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More archaelogical sites around:
Stoa of Attalos, Athens
The temple of Hephaestus, Athens
Monastiraki area, Athens

Other useful information:
How to get from Athens airport to the city centre


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