Little Known Facts About Athens History


Greece, the birthplace of democracy, is a stunning, rugged nation, soaked in history. It has nearly 1600 islands, however only 170 of them are inhabited. Half of the ten million population live in Athens.

This busy city is a good main point from which to see Greece. The white marble Parthenon on Acropolis Hill is a breathtaking sight. The Castle is often called the spiritual rock. It sits on top of a 512-foot high limestone rock and was initially constructed to protect the city in 1500 BC, ruined 1000 years later on, and rebuilt in 450 BC.

There are three other structures on the website besides the Parthenon. The Erechtheum is a temple honoring Athena and Poseidon. The Propylea is a huge gateway. To its ideal stands the Temple of Athena Nyke or Wingless Victory. The latest structure, The Acropolis Museum, houses many masterpieces found given that excavation started in 1835.

At night the Castles is the site of the Son-et-Lumiere, or Noise and Light program. The entrance is actually throughout the street from the Acropolis. The first time we searched for it we walked the base of the Acropolis. This appears to be an enthusiast's lane and it was really appealing to remain and take pleasure in the view in the balmy air.

The show, in English, is every night unless there is a moon. The audience beings in chairs facing the Castle, which is illuminated from various sides at various times in different colors to highlight a taped narrative of the history of the Acropolis. It lasts about 30 minutes.

This area is about 2 blocks stuffed full of dining establishments and coffee shops moving directly up the hill towards the Castle. It is difficult to walk through the streets without waiters appealing to you to attempt their restaurant: \"Simply look greece at our menu.

The majority of the restaurants are outside, however under cover. Their bouzouki music mingles in the street. We went to a Taverna with a floorshow and although they had no cover charge there was a minimum order of at least a plate of fruit. We ordered that and it was beautifully prepared. The floorshow, with a number of singers, a tummy dancer and volunteer dancers from the audience was excellent. We also attempted the popular ouzo there, an anise flavored alcohol.

On the whole we found Greek food inexpensive and extremely yummy. Meals are constantly served with water and bread, although at an outside dining establishment you will be charged for the bread. A lot of menus have an English translation and many places reveal you the food in the kitchen area from which you can select.

The customized in Greece is a light breakfast, a late lunch, supper about 9 or 9:30 and sticking around over all meals.

Greek coffee, or Turkish coffee, is very strong, however you can buy Nescafe or American coffee at most places. For lunches we would either go to a souvlaki shop for gyro sandwiches, have a terrific Greek salad topped with feta cheese at a walkway café on Constitution Square or purchase from a pastry supplier on the street. We also saw many vendors selling corn on the cob and chestnuts.

A nice afternoon break is a beverage at one of the many cafes on Syntagma Square. Attempt retsina or a cordial like Metax (a sweetish brandy) or Demestica (a fine domestic wine). Even the serving of a basic glass of lemonade was an experience. We were provided a silver tray with one full glass of water, another glass with a shot of fresh lemon juice in it and sugar on the side. We were expected to make our own!

We didn't see many travelers in this section, primarily simply old Greek females in widow's clothes; black scarves, black stocking and black dresses, purchasing their fresh dinner ingredients. Greece also has the world's finest yogurt.

Shopping in Greece is almost as much enjoyable as consuming! There is a wonderful flea market near the base of the Acropolis, which is open the majority of the time, even on Sundays and is so colorful! There are lots of bargains consisting of: brass, copper (get a huge bowl to beat your egg whites in), flakti rugs, fur coats, tiles, gold precious jewelry, pottery copied from museum pieces, onyx, marble, alabaster, handmade shoes and handicrafts.

There are great deals of interesting museums and historical sights in the city. The admission is totally free on Sundays although it's difficult to hit all them in between their open hours: 10 – 4 pm. The Acropolis is likewise open on weekdays from 9:00 until sundown and when there's a moon it opens once again from 8:45 up until midnight.

The Parliament Building and the Tomb of the Unidentified Soldier is at Syntagma Square, which is the center of the life of Athens. There is a changing of the guard there at twenty minutes before every hour and at 11:00 a.m. on Sundays. Around the corner is a stunning park, The National Gardens, where something is constantly going on. At the entrance, across the street from the Temple of Olympian Zeus is where all the general public buses appear to meet. Each route runs every twenty minutes, twenty-four hours a day.

One of the finest views of the city is from Mt. Lycabettus. You can ride a cable car to the leading where there's a large location to walk, a tiny chapel and a restaurant.

There are lots of lovely beaches in Greece and Glyfada is a really good location to delight in Greece's moderate winter seasons and subtropical summertimes.

Greece is a completely unique, enjoyable location, which shouldn't be missed out on. And keep in mind, this was just Athens! There are still 170 populated islands to check out!