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City Sightseeing: Athens Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour (1 Day Ext...
Athens boasts of the emergence of modern Western civilization. Here you can discover ancient gems and a youthful side in one go. There is a lot to explore in Athens.
Of all the tourist hotspots that inevitably make it to any Athens itinerary, two of these are Acropolis and Parthenon. The Acropolis constructed around the 5th century BC is a concrete instance of the dizzying heights attained by Greek architecture. In ancient Athens, Acropolis served as the hub of the city and the Parthenon was the citadel’s star attraction. The temple of Parthenon dedicated to the Greek goddess of wisdom, warfare, and handicrafts resting on a rocky cliff, is worth beholding.
Ensure to step inside the Acropolis Museum once you’re through touring the ancient city of Acropolis and the Parthenon Temple. The Acropolis Museum is situated at the base of the rocky cliff on which the Acropolis stands. This modern-day museum which was thrown open to the public in 2007 houses priceless collections of prehistoric Greek art. By booking your ticket online, you’ll be able to avoid standing in queue for hours for purchasing entry tickets.
The largest of all archaeological museums in Greece, the Athens’ National Archaeological Museum houses some of the most valuable antiquities. The National Archaeological Museum constructed in the 1800s is an imposing neoclassical edifice comprising 8,000 sq. meters of display space. The museum houses over 11,000 exhibits grouped under five categories of collections-the metallurgy collection, Stathatos collection, vase and decorative objects collection, sculpture collection, and prehistoric.
The Temple of Olympian Zeus consecrated and devoted to the Greek god Zeus is another of Athens’ must-see tourist attractions. The Temple of Zeus used to be the biggest in ancient times in Greece. However, the temple is in a dilapidated state with just 15 of the original 100 columns remaining intact at present.
Greece not only gave democracy to the world but also Olympic Games celebrated with pomp and fervor every four years. Your Athens city sightseeing will come full circle and will be complete following a guided trip to the Olympic Stadium. The modern Olympic arena was built in 1896 and the existing one is a reproduction of the original stadium. The very first Olympics sports ground was created in the year 335 B.C. under the supervision of the Athenian noble Herodes Atticus.
Located bang in the middle of Athens in between the Olympic stadium and Syntagma Square, the National Garden serves as the city’s lungs. The National Garden is essentially an immense and lush green public park with an area of 38 acres. Queen Amalia the first queen to rule Greece commissioned the creation of the National Garden in 1838.
The original National Library of Athens was commissioned in 1829 by the Vallianos family and it stands on Panepistimiou Street. The National Library of Athens together with the University of Athens and the Academy of Athens constitute the “Athenian Trilogy”. As the volume of books increased over the years, the library was shifted to Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center to accommodate the burgeoning collection.
Situated at the base and on the southwestern gradient of the Acropolis, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus stages the Athens Festival from May till October. This ancient Roman amphitheatre was constructed circa 161 A.D by the Roman politician, teacher, and aristocrat Herodes Atticus.